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Garden City, NY, U.S., Nov. 14, 2019. HUNTLEY LAWRENCE, the Aviation Leadership Award honoree, speaks at podium under U.S. Navy Grumman F11 jet suspended from atrium ceiling, as guests look on during 7th Annual Cradle of Aviation Museum Air and Space Gala.

Apollo Astronaut Tom Stafford Honored at Cradle of Aviation Museum Air & Space Gala

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
November 25, 2019

Gentleman & Lt. General Tom Stafford

Garden City, New York, U.S. November 14, 2019. L-R, Apollo 10 Commander Lt. Gen. THOMAS STAFFORD talks with MARY SPINOSA, of Hauppauge, in the LEM Room during the 17th Annual Cradle of Aviation Museum Air and Space Gala. Tom Stafford received Spirit of Discovery Award. Spinosa was seated with the East West Industries table. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, N.Y., U.S. November 14, 2019. L-R, Apollo 10 Commander Lt. Gen. THOMAS STAFFORD talks with MARY SPINOSA, of Hauppauge, in LEM Room during 17th Annual Cradle of Aviation Museum Air and Space Gala. Spinosa sat at East West Industries table. (© 2019 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

After Apollo 10 Commander Lt. Gen. Tom Stafford confirmed he’d attend the November 14th Cradle of Aviation Museum Air and Space Gala, Congress called him to speak on November 13th at the House Science Committee hearing about what must be done for NASA to successfully return to the Moon by the president’s 2024 Moon to Mars goal.

  • Photo Video  [music / 03:56] Cradle of Aviation Air & Space Gala 2019:

Stafford, determined to keep his promise to the Cradle of Aviation Museum, wasn’t daunted by the grueling schedule. He spoke in Washington, DC, and arrived the next day, Nov. 14th, at the Long Island gala in time to speak with guests and have about 100 photos taken with them, and receive the Spirit of Discovery Award.

Above video includes ( vimeo.com/annparry/stafford ):

Honorees

Performing groups:

NYS Senator Kevin Thomas

Alan Contessa  •  Kevin Corrigan  •  Gene Lesserson
Gary Lewi  •  Michele Mason   Arthur Molins
Rose Molins  •  Tyler Morse  •  Andy Parton
Monique Retzlaff  •  Mary Spinosa  •  Joshua Stoff 

Honorees

Spirit of Discovery Award:  Lt. Gen. THOMAS P. STAFFORD. In 1962, Stafford, a U.S. Air Force officer and test pilot, became part of NASA’s second group of astronauts, and in 1969 he was the Commander of Apollo 10. 

Leroy R. Grumman Award:  PERRY K. YOUNGWALL, CEO & President of Transaero Inc.

Aviation Leadership Award:  HUNTLEY A. LAWRENCE, Director of Aviation Department, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey


FEATURE PHOTO  at top of post: Garden City, NY, U.S., Nov. 14, 2019. HUNTLEY LAWRENCE, the Aviation Leadership Award honoree, speaks at podium under Grumman F11 jet suspended from atrium ceiling, as guests look on during 7th Annual Cradle of Aviation Museum Air & Space Gala.


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North Merrick, New York, U.S. September 11, 2019. At Park Avenue School students and staff listen to a patriotic song, and then each class with its teacher pauses in front of the 9/11 Memorial Garden garden in front of the entrance, on their way back into the school. Some shook hands or hugged NICHOLAS CARRANO, 15, of Merrick, a member of Boy Scout Troop 123 and student at Mepham High School. Earlier in ceremony, Principal E. Speidel of the K-6 elementary school talked about the significance of 911 and the 9/11 Memorial Garden, on the 18th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2001.

Building Memories at Park Avenue School 9/11 Memorial Garden

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
September 12, 2019

Early yesterday, the 18th Anniversary of 9/11, I heard a woman’s solemn, amplified voice coming through my open windows and thought it was from a neighbor’s TV playing the annual Manhattan 9/11 ceremony.

Having another idea a few minutes later, I walked outside and looked down the road to Park Avenue School.

North Merrick, New York, U.S. September 11, 2019. L-R, NICHOLAS CARRANO, 15, of Merrick, a member of Boy Scout Troop 123, and Park Avenue School Principal EILEEN SPEIDEL pose for photo after outdoor remembrance ceremony on 18th Anniversary of terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

N. Merrick, New York, U.S. September 11, 2019. L-R, NICHOLAS CARRANO, 15, of Merrick, a member of Boy Scout Troop 123, and Park Avenue School Principal EILEEN SPEIDEL pose for photo after outdoor remembrance ceremony on 18th Anniversary of terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Hundreds of students, their teachers, and Principal EILEEN SPEIDEL were outside listening to a patriotic song as they faced the 9/11 Memorial Garden and the American Flag flying at half mast in front of the school’s entrance. 

September 11th Remembrance Day

Two days earlier, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation (Senate 41661/Assembly 1801B) for September 11th Remembrance Day.

The new law, effective immediately, calls for a brief moment of silence in public schools throughout New York State at the beginning of the school day each Sept. 11th, to encouraging dialogue and education in the classroom and ensure an ongoing understanding of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and their place in history:

Governor Cuomo: “9/11 was one of the single darkest periods in this state’s and this nation’s history, and we owe it to those we lost and to the countless heroes who ran toward danger that day and the days that followed to do everything we can to keep their memory alive. By establishing this annual day of remembrance and a brief moment of silence in public schools, we will help ensure we never forget — not just the pain of that moment but of the courage, sacrifice and outpouring of love that defined our response.” https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-signs-legislation-establishing-september-11th-remembrance-day-and-moment-silence

The 9/11 terrorist attacks in nearby NYC leveled the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, killing over 3,000 people, including first responders who later died due to breathing toxic air at the sites.

Park Avenue School’s students live in North Bellmore and North Merrick, and residents from both towns were among the victims of the attacks. 

orth Merrick, New York, U.S. September 11, 2019. At Park Avenue School, a teacher hugs NICHOLAS CARRANO, 15, of Merrick, a member of Boy Scout Troop 123 , as her students walk around the 9/11 Memorial Garden on their way back into school after 9/11 ceremony, on 18th Anniversary of terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2001. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

N. Merrick, New York, U.S. September 11, 2019. At Park Avenue School, a teacher hugs NICHOLAS CARRANO, 15, of Merrick, a member of Boy Scout Troop 123, as her students walk around the 9/11 Memorial Garden on their way back into school after 9/11 ceremony, on 18th Anniversary of terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2001. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

9/11 Memorial Garden

During the ceremony, NICHOLAS CARRANO, 15, a member of Merrick Boy Scout Troop 123 and a student at Mepham High School, stood next to the school’s 9/11 Memorial Garden, which has a sturdy two-foot tall circular stone wall around a shade tree and flowering plants, a Peace Pole with “Peace” written in 12 languages, two American Flags, and a plaque atop a small stone monument.

Carrano, a graduate of Park Avenue School, was there because this summer he built the current 9/11 Memorial Garden for his Eagle Scout project. The former garden only had that plaque on its wood rectangular border. As Principal Speidel explained, people didn’t even realize it was a 9/11 Memorial Garden because the plaque blended in with the wood.

As students made their way back to the school building, they slowly looped around, and often paused at, the 9/11 Memorial Garden.

Some of the young girls and boys walked up to Carrano to shake his hand, and some teachers who came up to him gave him a hug, as the students looked on.

Back…

I was a member of Park Avenue School’s first 1st grade class, and my strongest memory of that year was facing the front of the building as I stood by it with a group of people, and then writing my name on a piece of paper passed around.

Decades later, when I mentioned that odd memory to my mom, she smiled and explained I was the 1st grade representative at Park Avenue School’s cornerstone ceremony.

North Merrick, New York, U.S. September 11, 2019. At Park Avenue School students and staff listen to a patriotic song, and then each class with its teacher paused in front of the 9/11 Memorial Garden garden in front of the entrance, on their way back into the school. Earlier in ceremony, Principal E. Speidel of the K-6 elementary school talked about the significance of 911 and the 9/11 Memorial Garden, on the 18th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2001. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

North Merrick, New York, U.S. September 11, 2019. At Park Avenue School students and staff listen to a patriotic song. Earlier in ceremony, Principal E. Speidel of the K-6 elementary school talked about the significance of 911 and the 9/11 Memorial Garden, on the 18th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2001. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

…and Forth

I wouldn’t be surprised if the 9/11 Remembrance ceremony is one of the memories Park Avenue School students keep long after they graduate.

And if they have some form of this outdoor lesson each 9/11 at Park Ave, they likely won’t need to ask anyone what it was all about.

PAZ  •  和平  •  PEACE  •   رحمها الله  •  MÍR 
POKÓJ  •  Waffenstillstand  •  ειρήνη 
Barış  •  мир  •  PAIX  •  שלום  •  PACE 


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