My wife Lynn and I sold poppies for four hours at the Italian Festival at North Hempstead Town Beach Park on Sept. 7 to raise funds for indigent veterans.
Other members of Henderson-Marino VFW Post 1819 in Port Washington who participated were: Jerry Tedeschi and his wife Debbie, Maria Salazar, John Chalker and our service offier Andy Tollefsen.
The poppies are sold in memory of our deceased and living veterans who served overseas. The practice started during World War I. I noticed most folks were proud to wear them.
The crowd was upscale, friendly and generous. Maria drew some families to our booth with her face-painting for the kids, after which their parents made donations. Thank you to all who donated money that we will pass to veterans who are in need.
I am a 1966 graduate of Chaminade High School in Mineola, NY. I graduated from Nassau Community College in 1968 and Hofstra University in 1970. I was a sports reporter at Newsday from 1966-1999, covering 5 Super Bowls and 9 Stanley Cup Finals. I was a features desk copy editor from 2000 to Dec. 31, 2014, when I retired. I am married to Lynn, a social worker, since April 9, 1978, We have one son, Peter, 33, an air traffic controller in Ohio.
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