On November 8, the Village of Islandia held its annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Village Memorial Triangle. Mayor Allan M. Dorman, a Vietnam veteran, was joined by local elected officials, war veterans and representatives from the Central Islip Fire Department to honor those who served and continue to serve in the armed forces.
There was a musical performance by the Central Islip High School marching band and a presentation of the colors by local members of The United States Marine Corps. Deacon Jim Altonji of St. Joseph Parish in Ronkonkoma delivered the invocation.
During the ceremony, Mayor Dorman asked those in attendance to remember local residents who served in the military and have since passed on, including U.S. Army Sergeant Bill Dufek, who read the poem “In Flanders Field” at the village’s Veterans Day and Memorial Day ceremonies. He also recognized all the local veterans’ groups that were in attendance. The ceremony ended with village officials joining war veterans in placing a wreath and bouquets of roses in front of the memorial.
Mayor Allan Dorman was interviewed by FiOS1 at the Veterans Day ceremony to explain the importance of Veterans Day and how it is important to recognize those who serve our country.