Robert Irvine at the 2017 National Memorial Day Parade We were honored to have Robert Irvine with us at the 2017 National Memorial Day Parade.

 
 

Joe Mantega at the 2017 National Memorial Day Parade We were honored to have Joe Mantegna with us at the 2017 National Memorial Day Parade.

 
 

2017 Reception Photo Gallery

 
 

On May 27, 2016 the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School students along with Mr. Wronko invited National Guard veteran and current fifth grade teacher for the Barack Obama Elementary School, Kevin Williams, to attend a special Memorial Day Ghana session. This session began with Ms. Friedman and her chorus singing America The Beautiful. From there Kevin Williams spoke to the students from Ghana and the Dr. Martin Luther…

 
 

  GHANA SESSION: MEMORIAL DAY PART ONE On May 26, 2016 the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School students along with Mr. Wronko invited veteran of foreign wars Lou Parisi to attend a special Memorial Day Ghana session. The session began with Ms. Friedman and her chorus singing God Bless America. From there Mr. Wronko’s students did numerous presentations on the meaning of Memorial Day, World War One, the Battle…

 
 

A Miracle on the Battlefield I hated myself for running away. My body was bleeding with shrapnel wounds. The malaria made my head ache with dizziness, I shook with chills, nausea; first the vomiting, then diarrhea. The troops had long since run out of quinine; I would just have to tough it out. I have never run from a fight in all my life. The final stages of the battle with the Japs was winding down; our…

 
 

  2357: From left to right: George Reed, Djephca Cagilus, Perfecto…

 
 

    Over a slice of  Nancy Young’s apple pie, I learn about love and war A candy striper’s Lily of the Valley-scented letters represented a sliver of saneness for Marine Bill Young, who, at the time, was a machine gunner in Vietnam. “When the mail came in, it was a big deal; it was your only connection with the real world,” Bill recalls,…

 
 

Quarry Stockade, A Play by Herman Arsham Introduction Herman Arsham, our father, was the third of four children born to Russian Jewish immigrants in the Bronx, New York. He was born with very limited eye-sight and wore “bottle bottom” glasses from the time he was about two years old. When he was thinking about marrying our mother he…

 
 

Remember Pearl Harbor My father, Joseph E Bendeck Sr., served on the battleship USS North Carolina (BB-55) from 1941-1946. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, it was the only fully functioning battleship remaining in the United State Navy. Built in the Brooklyn Navy Yard,…