NEW YORK.- Assemblyman Matthew Mirones (R, C, I – East Shore, Bay Ridge) announced that he will be sponsoring a trip for World War II and Korean War veterans and their families to see the newly-established National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. The Staten Island contingent is scheduled to leave from Cespino-Russo American Legion Post, located at 200 McClean Avenue at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 30, 2004, and return on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2004.
Mirones said, “To think that these men and women left the safety and security of home at such an early age, to risk everything for duty and country is humbling.” Mirones first heard the veterans’ pleas in an article of the Staten Island Advance [Monday, April 5, 2004, “World War II veterans now battling time”], and again when Pat Capasso, past commander of the Cespino-Russo Post, contacted his office in search of funding to offset the costly expense of the trip.
Capasso said, “Every time I pick up the newspaper, I see Assemblyman Mirones doing something to help improve our community. We’re all just very happy that Mr. Mirones has given us this opportunity to be able to go down to Washington D.C. and pay our respects to those who could not be with us for the dedication.”
“Providing funding for this trip is just my small way of saying ‘thank you’ to those who fought alongside my father in the European and South Pacific theaters of war.”, Mirones added.
Only an estimated 4 million of the 16 million veterans, or 1 in 4, who helped to liberate Europe and the South Pacific during World War II will live long enough to see the dedication of the National World War II monument.