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Editorial: Attack On Pearl Harbor Anniversary December 7

This year marks the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. On Friday, Dec. 7 many will observe and remember, paying tribute to those who lost their lives, and those who survived the attacks.

It is every American’s obligation to remain vigilant, to remember from our nation’s history and to ensure that fateful day in history serves as a lesson to our youth. It was the notorious day, which moved America from peace to conflict, a sudden shift to paying the consequences of war. Intrepidly, not backing down, thousands fought for the flag they love. 

We have living legends among us on Long Island. Sadly though, there are fewer than four valiant soldiers on Long Island who were present that day and survived the attacks on Pearl Harbor.

It is important that we remember this day, remember the sailors who were killed, many in their sleep, as the harbor was invaded. Remember the thousands of civilians who witnessed the attacks, whose lives were changed forever on the infamous day.

— CH

News

More than 475 runners from all across Long Island, came together on Aug. 30, for the tenth annual Companions in Courage one-mile run.

 

For Andrea Kopatka, 49, of Levittown, this was her first race in three years. 

 

“I wanted to run this race before I turned 50,” she said. “It was on my bucket list.” 

Over the summer, 13-year-old Zachary Martin of Levittown was named an All-American athlete for his performance on the gridiron, earning him an invitation to the ninth annual Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

 

Martin, a defensive lineman for the Wisdom Lane Middle School Wildcats, said he was selected among a group of young athletes after attending a rigorous five-day football camp at LIU Post.  


Sports

The National Brain Tumor Society hosts its Long Island Brain Tumor Walk on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Jones Beach State Park, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m. Programs and activities run from 8 a.m. to noon.

Michelle Duffy of Levittown was recently named head coach for the Blue Angels’ cross country program at the College of New Rochelle. 

 

“We are very pleased to have a coach with Michelle’s pedigree take the reins of our cross country program,” said Athletics Director Harold Crocker. “Her success athletically and academically, as well as her ability to mentor and guide young women, makes her the ideal coach for the Blue Angels.”


Calendar

Island Trees Board of Education - September 17

Mini-College Fair - September 17

All-Star Comedy Show - September 18


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com