Photo Courtesy of Assemblyman Miller’s Office
The Franklin K. Lane High School ROTC program presented the Stars and Stripes at the annual Veterans Breakfast.
By Forum Staff
The Glendale Kiwanis and Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) recently recognized borough residents who have served the country in the Armed Forces and their communities at home at the annual Veterans Breakfast at Deshi Senior Center in Ozone Park.
Each year Miller and the Glendale Kiwanis spotlight vets from the 38th Assembly District. All honorees received a plaque and a citation from the Glendale Kiwanis and South Queens elected officials. This year’s honorees included: Master Sgt. Eddie Carr and Lt. Col. Ralph Gracia from the Franklin K. Lane High School Reserve Officers Training Corps program; U.S. Marine Corps veteran and State Sen. James Sanders, Jr. (D-South Ozone Park); Michael Daughtry from Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 32; Joseph Richard Smith from American Legion Woodhaven Post 118; Wilbur Cook from Glendale Post 104; and Russell Goeller from Brewery Keenan Heiser Post 1815.
Mary Murray, wife of Cpl. John Murray from Woodhaven Post 118, also was presented with a plaque and citation honoring her late husband.
Additionally, the Governor’s Queens Regional Rep. Jordan Beberman presented a certificate of recognition to the Lane ROTC program.
“Our veterans have given us our freedom and have secured our way of life,” Miller said. “They have sacrificed their time with their families; have been abroad on tours during the holidays and served thousands of miles away from our country. They defended us from our enemies and kept us out of harm’s way abroad and on our soil.”