2016-11-16 / Front Page

Mayor De Blasio Honors Nation’s Veterans At Gracie Mansion Breakfast

By Joyce Vetere Milowski & Dan Miller

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio honors our nation’s veterans at annual Veterans Day breakfast at Gracie Mansion. Photo by Dan Miller/DMD ImagesNew York City Mayor Bill De Blasio honors our nation’s veterans at annual Veterans Day breakfast at Gracie Mansion. Photo by Dan Miller/DMD ImagesOn Thursday November 11 the nation’s eyes were focused on our country’s military heroes, our veterans. New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio joined the majority of fellow Americans to salute those who put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that Americans have become accustomed to in the land of the free and the home of the brave.


While veterans from the different military service groups prepared for the 2016 America’s Parade previous called the Veteran’s Day Parade Mayor De Blasio hosted a breakfast at Gracie Mansion in honor of the veterans’ service to our nation.


“I want to say, we every one of us, one way or another, has a connection to our armed forces. So many of us have either served or have a connection to our families.” The mayor went on to explain that his family has ties to World War II veterans in particular. “My dad served in the Pacific in the 7th division, U.S. Army. My Wife’s dad served in Europe in France and Italy in the United States Army… We’re a double army family, so we accept multiple applause for the army.”


The mayor also singled out the females inn his family who served our country. “My wife’s mom served the Springfield armory in Massachusetts. My mom served the office of War Information years ago in this city.”


Mayor De Blasio showed his loved and respect for veterans. “So our family all four of our parents of my generation served as part of that greatest generation. And we grew up with a tremendous respect for those who served the military. My dad lost half a leg in Okinawa in the end of that battle—one of the toughest in human history. My wife’s dad, Robert, came back with a lot of pain as well. And it played out over our lives and then affected all of our family members,” said Mayor De Blasio to a SRO crowd at Gracie Mansion prior to this year’s parade.


Mayor De Blasio singled out his former boss and World War II veteran David Dinkins, former mayor of the City of New York who served in the United States marines 1945-1946. Joining Mayor Dinkins at the breakfast was U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (Queens), State Senator Liz Krueger (Manhattan), Assembly members Jo Ann Simone (Brooklyn) and Richard Gottfried (Manhattan), Council member Mathieu Eugene (Brooklyn) and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.



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