On November 5, the Village of Islandia held its annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Triangle. Mayor Allan M. Dorman, a Vietnam veteran, was joined by local elected officials, war veterans and representatives from the Lakeland and Central Islip Fire Departments 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 before the ceremony. Jim Altonji, Deacon, St. Joseph Parish in Ronkonkoma, and Tom Brauner, Chaplain, Col. Francis S. Midura Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #12144, delivered the invocation.
During the ceremony, Mayor Dorman asked those in attendance to remember those local residents who served in the military and have since passed on. 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.
After the ceremony, attendees went home with a gift bag containing an American flag and a green light bulb. They were asked to replace their outdoor lights with the green light bulb on Veterans Week as part of the “Greenlight a Vet” program, which honors those who served our country.