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Watch our living history interviews with 150 veteransAn interesting initiative in Ardsley
Greenburgh Town Hall closed Friday in celebration of Veterans Day
SATURDAY, November 11th 2 PM Veterans Day ceremony DeSanti Plaza Hartsdale. There will be a tent set up and indoor seating available. DeSanti Plaza is located across from the Hartsdale train station.
More than 150 Greenburgh veterans, most from World War II and the Korean conflict, have been interviewed for a town history project and each of their half hour interviews can be seen non stop on Greenburgh cable TV local access TV stations Friday morning to Monday. Because each interview is about a half hour long and because there are more than 150 interviews the interviews will be broadcast non stop from late Friday night to Tuesday morning. The interviews will air on channels 76 on Optimum and on channels 35 on Verizon FIOS. Copies of the interviews are also available for viewing at the Greenburgh Library.
Residents who don't want to stay up the entire Memorial Day weekend can watch individual tapes on the Greenburgh public access TV website
Military Tribute Banners for Village of Ardsley’s 14 Fallen World War II Sons Will Be on Display for the First Time Throughout November Veterans Month
Sharon Colabello, Lead Organizer of Ardsley’s Banners Initiative, Now in its Second Year, Offers Media Walking Tour of the Banners Honoring the Young Men Who Lost Their Lives Defending Freedom in World War II
WHO AND WHAT: For the first time, Military Tribute Banners for the Village of Ardsley’s 14 Fallen World War II sons, are on display throughout November to celebrate Veterans Month. The moving tribute will provide the community an opportunity to see what the young men looked like more than 80 years ago attired in the military uniforms they wore in the epic battles they fought and lost their lives defending freedom during World War II. Their names are engraved in Ardsley’s Wall of Honor in Pascone Park but the Ardsley community until now has only officially honor their sacrifices during Memorial Day ceremonies. They all graduated from Ardsley High School.
When Ardsley launched its Military Tribute Banners initiative a year ago, because no surviving family members and friends of the 14 young men could be located, it was not possible to represent this special Greatest Generation group.
But, thanks to the generosity of the Ardsley American Legion Post 458 and Ardsley Fire Engine #1 which each sponsored six banners and a local businessman, Maurice Hyacinthe, who sponsored two banners, all 14 are not only among the 105 in this year’s expanded display (last year there were 59) but they are grouped together consecutively on street poles lining a major road in the village which also boasts a sidewalk.
SPEICAL MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: Sharon Colabello, the lead organizer of Ardsley’s Military Tribute Banners program, which began a year ago, will provide the media with an on-camera walking tour of the banners for Ardsley’s fallen World War II sons. Colabello was inspired to lead the Ardsley initiative because of the deep pride she and her family have for her late father Marty Engleman, a decorated World War II veteran. His banner was among Ardsley’s inaugural group of banners. Because of her working knowledge of the banners, Ms. Colabello— who is an engaging personality and is articulate— will be able to provide the media with background info on the 14 (see their attached brief descriptions)
WHERE: The walking, on-camera sidewalk walking tour begins on Heatherdell Road, Ardsley, at the cross section at Crestview Street. Street parking at Crestview is available. 12 of the 14 banners run consecutively between Heatherdell at Crestview to Heatherdell and Jordan Lane. The two other banners are on display at Heatherdell near Revolutionary Road
WHEN: Between now and Veterans Day, November 11, dates can be arranged to meet media requests.
MEDIA CONTACT: Frank Pagani, 914-843-5079, PaganiCommunications@gmail.com
PROFILES OF THE VILLAGE OF ARDSLEY’S 14 WORLD WAR 11 FALLEN SONS
The 14 young men from Ardsley fought on the grounds in the infantry, on the seas and in the air--. on the beaches of Normandy, in Europe, in the Italy, Tunisian and North Africa campaigns, in Iwo Jima. They were privates, officers and non-commissioned officers. Two of them were honored with Purple Hearts; one received an Air Medal for Bravery, another a Navy Meritorious Medal. All served with honor. They all attended Ardsley High School, left Ardsley as young men—several were teenagers—soon after Pearl Harbor was attacked. And none returned to their hometown. They were among the approximate 407,000 American military deaths in World War II.
· Robert E. Bunch, Jr. served with the U.S. Army’s 90th Infantry Division, saw action on Utah Beach, Normandy in June 1944, earning a Purple Heart and was killed by hostile fire in Germany on April 8, 1945 (Note: his father served as Mayor of Ardsley from 1951-53)
· Daniel R. Geis, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army artillery, Italy Invasion, North Africa and Tunisian campaigns
· Gordon B. Kreutz, machine gunner with U.S. Army (General Patton’s Third Army)
· Kenneth D. Wood, 2nd Lieutenant, 9th Air Force, Army Air Corps, Air Medal for Bravery
PAUL FEINERGreenburgh Twwn Supervisor