Days before the nation celebrates its independence, Hempstead Town officials presented prestigious awards to a group of courageous veterans during the Town of Hempstead’s Salute to Veterans event at Town Park Point Lookout on Saturday, June 29th. The Veterans Service Award honors men and women who, in addition to their service in the United States Armed Forces, have volunteered their time and efforts to helping fellow veterans in their time of need.
“These dedicated men and women bravely served their country during times of war and, upon returning home, committed themselves to helping fellow veterans who needed medical care, basic supplies or help finding employment and housing,” stated Murray. “These veterans sought nothing in return for their selfless acts. But, today, they received the recognition they so rightfully deserve.”
Hempstead Town presented the Veterans Service Award to: Robert Wieboldt of Levittown; Robert Schatz of Oceanside; Chris Peterkin of Wantagh; Michael Guerriero of West Hempstead; Ted Shuster of Valley Stream; and Richard Warren of Roosevelt. The town also honored Toni Reale of Floral Park, with the Veterans’ Volunteer Service Award for being an active volunteer on behalf of veterans.
What’s more, officials recognized the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War (1950-1953) by presenting a plaque to Hank Nowicki, representing the Korean War Veterans Association of Nassau County.
“Robert Wieboldt, Robert Schatz, Chris Peterkin, Michael Guerriero, Ted Shuster and Richard Warren have gone above and beyond the ‘call of the duty’ to serve their fellow veterans,” said Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin. “The Town is honored to present the Veterans Service Award to these six selfless veterans, as well as recognizing the accomplishments of Toni Reale and marking 60 years since the end of the Korean War.”
The Salute to Veterans ceremony was followed by a musical performance by Buckwheat Zydeco. The event concluded with a stunning fireworks show presented by Bay Fireworks.
The Town thanked the sponsors that helped make this event possible, including Swingbelly’s Beachside BBQ of Long Beach and Tulip Caterers of Franklin Square. In addition, officials also thanked the event’s contributors, including Naturally Boulder Beverage, Entenmann’s Family Bakery of East Meadow, Dover Caterers, Restaurant Depot and Crestwood Farms. KJOY 98.3 FM was the event’s media sponsor.
Other participants in the Salute to Veterans Ceremony included Honor Flight, which provides free flights for World War II Veterans to visit war memorials in Washington D.C., distinguished color guards from various veteran organizations, Hempstead Plains Vintage Car Club, which provided a showcase of nostalgic vehicles and America’s VetDogs, which provides service animals for veterans.