Plaque Unveiling Highlights Memorial Day Ceremony
The Town of Huntington marked Memorial Day 2017 with its annual wreath ceremony at Town Hall’s Veterans Plaza May 28, 2017 using the occasion to dedicate a plaque adding the name of a longtime member to the memorial recognizing those who served on the Town’s Veterans Advisory Board.
William Amadio, who passed away in October at the age of 86, was a member of the Veterans Advisory Board for more than 25 years. A lifelong Huntington resident, Amadio served in the Army during the Korean War and was instrumental in creating the Korean War kiosk, which sits in the lobby of Town Hall. Amadio’s mission was to see that people did not forget the ‘Forgotten War,” and that every person who served in that war would have their name in the kiosk so they would not be forgotten.
In addition to serving on the Veterans Advisory Board, Amadio also was a commissioner and treasurer of the Tri-Village Little League; treasurer of the Northport VFW post, the Huntington chapter of AARP and Italian Geneology.
Supervisor Petrone and Veterans Advisory Board chairman Bill Ober unveiled the plaque, with the assistance of Amadio’s widow, Josephine, as other family members looked on.
Supervisor Petrone and Councilwomen Susan A. Berland and Tracey A. Edwards, in their remarks commemorating Memorial Day, all recognized Amadio’s contributions to the community. Supervisor Petrone noted that Amadio was the source of historical information about the Town and its veterans, Councilwoman Berland recognized Amadio as a friend and Councilwoman Edwards noted that Amadio has been a friend of her mother’s dating back to her mother’s high school days.
“Bill Amadio knew Tracey Edwards before there was a Tracey Edwards,” the Councilwoman said. “I loved Bill Amadio. Bill Amadio loved me. We are so fortunate to recognize the Amadio family.”
In his general remarks, Supervisor Petrone said, “It is not enough to have the ceremony year after year. Our anticipation is that from one Memorial Day to the next, we continue to remember. We bring it to our homes. At every holiday, at every special event, we recall those friends and those family members who gave of themselves, whether they came home or whether did not, we remember them, and we give special gratitude.”
He added, “We will always need our military members. We will always need our veterans. We will never be safe without them. We need to instill in our young people the respect for what the military really is. It’s your protector, it’s your branch to freedom, it’s your future. It’s what you will be tomorrow, because they make that all possible.”
Councilwoman Berland said, “On this day of remembrance, we recognize courageous men and women who fought for our country and who made the ultimate sacrifice. We continue to gather together for Memorial Day to acknowledge the service, contributions and dedication of our armed forces to uphold not only our values but our freedom all over the world…..I ask everyone here to keep the heroes we have lost and the contributions they have given to our country in your thoughts and in your prayers. Continue to keep their memories alive.”
Councilman Eugene Cook said, “Every year we celebrate, and it gets us stronger as a community. The Town of Huntington does such a great job putting this event together, and it makes my heart warm.” He also noted his family tradition at annual Memorial Day barbecues of pausing before sitting down to eat to say a special prayer for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Councilwoman Edwards said, “Memorial Day is a day for us to recognize and to thank all of the families for all of your sacrifices…Our veterans continue to serve. They continue to lead in the town of Huntington. They continue to volunteer, they continue to mentor, they continue to serve. So today, I want to recognize those who have given their ultimate sacrifices and those who are here today. We just want to make sure that all of you understand that here in the Town of Huntington our veterans continue to lead.”
As is traditional, members of the Veterans Advisory Board placed wreaths at the monuments for the various wars. At the monument for fallen heroes, Supervisor Petrone was joined in placing the wreath by Constance Mangano of Greenlawn, whose son Anthony was killed in Afghanistan in 2008. The invocation and benediction were delivered by The Rev. Peter Kaczmarek of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Greenlawn. The Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America were sun by the Half Hollow Hills High School West Blue Notes.