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”
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”
Today marks the first anniversary of Rocco’s death. He passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 26th, 2018 at 10:20 pm. There was so much happening with the wake and funeral last year that I never got a proper chance to post a follow up to his passing. I hope to do that now. Rocco’s lifeContinue reading “First Anniversary of Rocco’s Death”
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”
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”
It is with a heavy heart I bring to you the news of Rocco’s passing. We lost him late last night. One week ago Rocco’s health took a turn for the worse and we transferred him to hospice care. His heart and lungs were not working properly and he was given an oxygen line toContinue reading “Rocco Has Passed”
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”
Rocco was on TV last Tuesday for Veterans Day! The segment aired 11/11/14 on Fox 5 NY during the the 6pm news with Ernie Anastos. You can watch the entire segment here. Rocco’s family and friends are all very proud!
Wishing a Happy Veterans Day to all who have served. If you see someone in uniform, a simple ‘Thank You’ could brighten their day. Buy them a cup of coffee if you wish- but remember, don’t just thank a Vet today, thank one everyday.