Street Renaming – Staff Sergeant Rocco Moretto Way

On Friday, October 18, 2019  the corner of 31st Avenue and 41st Street in Astoria was officially renamed “Staff Sergeant Rocco Moretto Way”, in a tribute honoring Rocco’s service to our nation as well as to the community of Astoria. Moretto, a longtime Astoria resident, died in August 2018 at 94. He was drafted in 1943 toContinue reading “Street Renaming – Staff Sergeant Rocco Moretto Way”

Staff Sergeant Rocco Moretto Way

Delighted to share some incredible news: 41st Street in Astoria, NY will officially be renamed SSgt Rocco Moretto Way. As many of you know,  Rocco was a  longtime resident of Astoria (69 years!), so this a great honor for the late World War II and D-Day veteran and his family. The street co-naming bill containing Staff Sergeant RoccoContinue reading “Staff Sergeant Rocco Moretto Way”

Normandy: A Trip Years in the Making

Two months ago I had the pleasure of visiting Normandy for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. It was a trip I’ve been meaning to take for a while now and frequently discussed it with Rocco. I visited France in March of 2016 but I never made it to Normandy, instead I decided to split timeContinue reading “Normandy: A Trip Years in the Making”

ROCCO MORETTO MEMORIAL INFORMATION

For those wishing to join us in paying final respects to Rocco, please see the arrangement schedule below: FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 Wake Visitation: 2 – 4 p.m. 7 – 9 p.m. Massapequa Funeral Home, South Chapel 4980 Merrick Road Massapequa Park, NY 11762 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 Service 9:00 am St. Rose of Lima R.C. ChurchContinue reading “ROCCO MORETTO MEMORIAL INFORMATION”

Pat Gualtieri, Vietnam Vet, Executive Director of United War Veterans Council, and long-time producer of NYC’s Veteran’s Day Parade Passes Away

Patrick L. Gualtieri, a U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam who helped build a struggling New York City Veterans Day Parade into America’s Parade, the largest celebration of service in America, died July 21 after a short illness. Pat Gualtieri, 70, was born and raised in Brooklyn. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966-68, includingContinue reading “Pat Gualtieri, Vietnam Vet, Executive Director of United War Veterans Council, and long-time producer of NYC’s Veteran’s Day Parade Passes Away”