Grand Opening Will Take Place after Memorial Day Ceremony
Post to be Named after Late Local Army Chaplain
Mayor Allan M. Dorman, Village of Islandia, has announced that the Village will be introducing the first VFW Post in Islandia, Post #12144, to the community on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at the Memorial Day ceremony.
The post is named for Col. Francis S. Midura, an Army chaplain and a Monsignor at St. Thomas More Church in Hauppauge who passed away in 2012. Col. Midura presided over the village’s Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies and its special memorial ceremony commemorating the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The VFW post is open to veterans of all wars — including those who recently served in Iraq and Afghanistan — and is currently accepting new members. Mayor Dorman, who served with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, sought to establish a post so local veterans would not have to travel long distances to meet with fellow veterans.
The mayor recently received the charter for the post after 40 new members signed a petition to have it established in Islandia. Those who signed the petition were required to provide a copy of their DD214, which verifies their military service.
“This new VFW post gives our local veterans the chance to meet locally, so they do not have to travel to eastern Suffolk or Nassau County to find a post,” Mayor Dorman said. “The village is very pleased the post will be located inside the Village Commons. It’s the least we can do to help thank our veterans for their service.”
The meetings will be held at the last Saturday of the month starting at 10 a.m.