MEDIA ADVISORY Village of Islandia’s Memorial Day Ceremony Features Flyby of Vietnam War-Era Helicopter

MEDIA ADVISORY For May 26, 2012 Mayor Honors Local War Veterans, Including World War II Veteran Who Was a Prisoner of War

Who: Allan Dorman, Mayor, Village of Islandia
Members of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America and other local organizations
U.S. Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron 361, Cutchogue, New York
Local elected officials
Colonel Francis S. Midura, Chaplain, U.S. Army Reserve (Retired)
Captain Bill Ferris, former Swift Boat Commander
Jim Dowling, World War II veteran and former Prisoner of War
Sergeant Bill Dufek, Drill Instructor, U.S. Army (Retired)

What: The village of Islandia will host a Memorial Day ceremony in front of the memorial at the Veterans Memorial Triangle, located at the intersection of Old Nichols Road and Johnson Avenue. There will be an invocation and then the ceremonial placing of the wreaths.

Mayor Allan M. Dorman, who served during the Vietnam War, will be on hand to recognize local war veterans, including Bill Ferris, who served as a Swift Boat Commander during the Vietnam War; Sergeant Bill Dufek, a retired U.S. Army Drill Instructor; and former Town of Smithtown Highway Superintendent Jim Dowling, who was held as a Prisoner of War during World War II.

During the ceremony, the U.S. Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron 361 in Cutchogue will perform a flyby over the memorial in a Sikorsky UH-34D helicopter (weather permitting).

Where: Islandia Veterans Memorial Triangle
Old Nichols Road and Johnson Avenue, Islandia

When: Saturday, May 26
10 a.m.

Directions: LIE to Exit 58 South (Old Nichols Road). Go down Old Nichols Road for approximately 0.6 mile. Triangle is on the left.

Photo Ops: Mayor Dorman with Mr. Ferris, Mr. Dufek and Mr. Dowling. Mayor Dorman joined by local elected officials and veterans’ organizations. Local officials and war veterans bringing the wreath to the memorial. Flyby of Sikorsky UH-34D helicopter over the memorial.


Contact Details

Company Name: Village of Islandia
Issued By: Caitlin Revuelta
Phone: 6312071057
Address: 156 North Ocean Avenue
City: Patchogue
State: New York
Zip: 11772
Country: United States
Website: Visit the website

Keywords : village of islandia, memorial day, war veterans, long island veterans, new york veterans,

by Caitlin Revuelta (few years ago!)

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