• Date : March 28th, 2022
  • Author : Joe DeStefano


With war drums beating across the globe, local officials and residents took time out over the weekend to recognize and thank Suffolk’s veterans and active service members for their commitment to our country.

“We are at a very difficult time in our history,” said Assemblyman Joe DeStefano who organized a veteran’s recognition breakfast at the Henry James Jones VFW Post 2937 in Medford. “If problems around the world escalate, there’s one thing we can be sure of. When called, our armed forces will be there to protect us.”

DeStefano was joined by office holders at all levels including Suffolk Legislators Nick Caracappa and Dominick Thorne and Brookhaven Councilmen Neal Foley and Mike Loguercio. “Every single member of our military, especially the veterans gathered with us today, made a commitment to our country. They pledged to serve; they pledged to fight. Most critically, they pledged their lives,” DeStefano told the crowd. “I want to thank our local officials, and especially my staff who helped put this event together, who I know shares my commitment to take every opportunity to thank our veterans and all that they do for us.”

One of the veterans singled out at the event was Post 2937 Chaplain Walter Maresco, a Vietnam Veteran and life-long Medford resident who served in the Air Force. Maresco is also Vice Commander of American Legion Post 1848 in Medford and a member of the Patriot Guard Riders who attend military services and make sure returning veterans are properly greeted upon their arrival home.

Also attending the recognition event were members of VFW Post 400 in Farmingville, VFW Post 8300 in East Patchogue, American Legion Posts 181 and 507 in Medford, AMVets Post 1174 in Farmingville, Jayne-Lattin VFW Post 2913, American Legion Post 269 and AMVets Post 111 in Patchogue, St. Jude’s Knights of Columbus Council 5814 in Rocky Point, Civil Air Patrol Suffolk Cadet Squadron 10, Paws of War, and veterans residing in area nursing homes. Represented were the Army, Navy, Marines, Airforce and Coast Guard.    

“There’s no way we can fully repay our veterans for what they have done,” Assemblyman DeStefano concluded. “Thank yous fall short. We are here today to show as best we can our appreciation and our gratitude and will continue to do so every chance we get. It’s wonderful to that you have turned out today and I am honored to be in your presence.”