Unknown to many of our Queens and Brooklyn Residents, there exists a large plot of land assigned to preserve and bestow respect to our fallen military heroes.
My interpretation of heroes are the many men and women who served in our Military Services, taking the lifetimes oath to “Protect and Preserve” our individual Freedoms. They served in combat, some were wounded and many died. We also have the veterans that did not serve in a combat zone, but were equally important to our national defense here and across the globe.
The plot of land that I mentioned above is actually the Cypress Hills National Cemetery on Jamaica Avenue, where many of these patriots are buried. This cemetery is unique in the number of recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award that is awarded to any Military Personnel.
The roster of 23 Medal of Honor veterans also has one unique individual, a U.S. Marine Sgt. Major “Dan” Daniel Daly. This Marine hero had the awesome bravery to receive two Medals of Honor, and was nominated for a third. Instead, he was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest Army Award for bravery. His other awards include The Navy Cross (the second highest naval award for bravery), the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, and many others.
I respectfully request that a visit by our residents on Memorial Day to show our appreciation to these veterans would be sincerely appreciated. They invested blood, tears and hardships in protecting us, surely we can give back 10 or 15 minutes of our leisure time to show our appreciation. They do deserve this at the very least.
Korean War Veteran
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