It was a thrill to serve as Commander in Chief the weekend of May 20-21 at the World War II Encampment presented by the Museum of American Armor at Old Bethpage, Long Island New York. The Museum and its incredible volunteers possess tanks, jeeps, equipment transports, ambulances and other armored vehicles from the WWII era. Over the two days uniformed volunteers give demonstrations and present simulations for thousands of visitors. I was able to greet the guests and participants, lead the parade of vehicles each day and participate in the flag raising ceremony. Hopefully, the Museum (with my small contribution) encouraged those in attendance to realize the importance of this period in our nation’s history. We must never forget the critical role our veterans and this incredible equipment played in securing our freedom.
It was a thrill to meet U. S. Representatives Peter King and Tom Suozzi, as well as many other elected officials from all over Long Island. My FDR fedora is tipped to Gary Lewi who is the Vice President of the Museum of American Armor and the organizer of the Encampment. His professionalism and attention to detail was evident throughout the entire event even though he shies way from the congratulations he so justly deserves.