President’s Letter – June 2015
Finally after a long cold winter and unseasonably cool spring, the warm beautiful summer weather is now upon us. This always reminds me of why I love living here on Long Island; my thoughts are if every day was summer I wouldn’t appreciate it as much.
As I write this column, I am fresh out of our Holbrook Chamber of Commerce Annual Memorial Day Parade Ceremony. Once again, we had another beautiful day with a great turnout of residents along the Main St., Furrows Rd. and Grundy Avenue corridors. Everyone really seemed to enjoy honoring and remembering all of the fine men and women who sacrificed their lives for our Country.
We were extremely honored to have a number of Veteran’s join us from the Holbrook and surrounding communities. It was heartwarming to be backed by these Veterans as we addressed the large crowd that assembled over at the Holbrook Veterans’ Memorial honoring Alex DiGuardia. Also in attendance was Alex’ Sister Sheila, representing her family and wearing her Mom’s Gold Star hat. Very touching indeed.
In my closing remarks for the ceremony, I spoke about remembering our older generations of the men and women who served in our military. More specifically, many of our Grandparents and Great Grand Parents whom are no longer with us. I stated and firmly believe they broke the mold with that generation of WWI & WWII veterans. I expressed to many of the young people present that we all represent the broken pieces of that mold and together we need to strive to put that mold back together in honor of our Grandparents. The work ethic and accountability of that era shall never be surpassed yet something we should all aspire to. If we can do that in their memory and in the honor of all those who granted us the freedom we enjoy today then America would be an even better place.
Memorial Day has become a very emotional day for our community as it should be. You see here in Holbrook we honor our heroes the only way we know how to….the right way. A special thank you to the Seneca Middle School Band (my Alma Mata) for marching with us. Thank you to many of our Chamber Member businesses who joined us along with both our County Executive Steve Bellone and County Legislator Bill Lindsay who were on hand for the festivities.
Thank you to our Chamber Board Member and Parade Chairwoman Marilyn Wenz for organizing another beautiful parade.
Lastly, I would like to thank our entire family over at the Holbrook Fire Department for helping make the parade even more special by joining us and showcasing those beautiful fire engines which bring such excitement for the children in attendance. Chief Stack, thank you as you have done an amazing service as the leader of the Department over the past few years. On behalf of the business community we are deeply grateful.
In closing, the Chamber wishes our Dad’s a very happy Father’s Day and our Grads huge congratulations on their accomplishments. Don’t forget to visit our Chamber Members for all of your catering and dining needs as you celebrate and of course if you need a nice grill for dad visit the Propane Guys right here on Main Street. Always remember, we need to support our businesses as they support our community.
Enjoy the beginning of the summer season!
All the best Always,
Holbrook Chamber of Commerce