Yesterday I had the great privilege of attending the dedication ceremony for the Eternal Flame that honors our nations veterans at the newly renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum!
Of course the ceremony had the expected parade of local dignitaries and politicians step to the microphone, but more importantly you had the veterans from WW2 through Iraq and Afghanistan represented there for those of us who did not serve to honor.
That said for me the most incredible and inspirational part of the day was, by far, getting to meet and shake the hand of Angelo Ciotta.
Not a household name by any means, Angelo and thousands more like him from the Greatest Generation, helped to save the world fighting in World War 2.
Angelo, a Marine, fought in the battle of Iwo Jima and tells the story of how he was there at the bottom of the hill when the now historic picture that leads this article was taken.
Turning 92 this year, Angelo is one of a diminishing number of these WW2 heroes still alive to tell their story.
This is a short video of the Color Guard at the Eternal Flame ceremony, although the whipping wind unfortunately drowns out some of the sounds.
Getting Involved Helping Our Nations Veterans
If you’d like to do more to help our veterans there are any number of organizations out there doing great work.
I serve as Board Chair of the non-denominational combat veterans 501(c)(3) Heroes To Heroes Foundation.
Heroes To Heroes provides a spiritual healing program for veterans who have attempted suicide due to Moral Injury, Post-traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury suffered in combat. Approximately 85% of donations go directly towards the organization fulfilling its mission!
If you get a chance to read the articles below about us I’d love to get your thoughts.
Article written by Michael Haltman, Hallmark Abstract Service President and Heroes To Heroes Foundation Board Chair.
Questions? He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (516) 741-4723