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Letter: A Canon for WWII Memorial

As a resident of Manhasset and a veteran of World War II, I was deeply touched when our town dedicated a World War II Memorial on November 11, 2011. It is a beautiful small pond surrounded by a low wall of stones with a waterfall. It is located on Shelter Rock Road at the southern end of a grassy strip behind Lord and Taylor.

Hundreds of cars and school buses pass the spot daily unaware that a memorial is located there. This lack of visibility is a serious problem that could be and should be corrected. A possible solution would be placing a cannon on top of a raised platform that would attract attention and the hundreds of people who pass the location daily would realize that something significant is located there. Additionally, school children would be attracted by a cannon at the memorial. It would encourage them to visit the site and to learn more about World War II and its impact on the world.

The decision to install a cannon is the responsibility of the Commissioners of the Manhasset Park District. To expedite the process, Manhasset residents, both veterans and non-veterans, should write a brief note to the Commissioners of the Manhasset Park District indicating support for the acquisition of a cannon. Your note should be addressed to:  Commissioners, Manhasset Park District, 62 Manhasset Avenue, Manhasset, New York 11030. If you wish, you can send your message of support via email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The support of Manhasset residents is important for the achievement of this addition to our World War II Memorial.

Lawrence J. Kaplan