As I start writing this message the calendar tells me it’s spring, but the sound of my still running oil burner says ‘no’. Welcome to Spring 2007.
Unfortunately as we know 2007 marks the 35th anniversary of one of the darkest days in NYPD history, the murder of Ptl. Phil Cardillo, at the Harlem Mosque, 102 West 116th Street in 1972. As we promised then, we will continue to give out the Ptl. Phil Cardillo scholarship to a members child this and every June until his murderers are made to pay for their crimes.
Special Thanks to our Treasurer Rich Rottkamp, for pinch hitting at the last minute for our scheduled guest speaker at the last meeting. Rich provided us with a great deal of financial information.
Don’t forget that we will once again be participating in the U.S. grave site flag placement at L.I. National Cemetery, (Wellwood Ave.) Section 2A on Saturday May 27th, beginning as usual at 0630 hrs. On a sad note the last known surviving WW 1 Navy veteran recently died at 105 years of age in the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. His death came days after the death of the last known surviving American WW 1 female veteran at 109 years of age. Their deaths leave only 3 known American survivors who served in the Army.
From Thursday, May 31 through Saturday, June 2 we will once again provide security at the Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged at Mitchel Field. (letter on page 13) These are two of the finest events you can participate in, and you’ll feel better for it.
Hope we see you at our next meeting on June 28th. Wear your vest, and keep in your prayers the men and women who are defending us at home and overseas.