Battle of the Bulge Ended 75 Years Ago Today

Today marks the end of the Battle of the Bulge, exactly 75 years ago. The battle began on December 16, 1944 during one of the coldest winters in history. I had the pleasure of visiting Belgium and Luxembourg for a week in December to mark the beginning of the anniversary and I will elaborate onContinue reading “Battle of the Bulge Ended 75 Years Ago Today”

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”