Written by John H. Meyer Friday, 09 July 2010 00:00
While members of the Massapequa American Legion Post 1066 were getting their sleep before the start of the fourth of July weekend celebrations and their participation in the holiday parade, vandals destroyed the entrance to the Post’s Memorial Garden, knocking over a heavy concrete column that broke the eagle in half and partially knocked another off its concrete foundation.
Seventh Squad detectives state the incident occurred on Friday, July 2, at 1:45 a.m. The Post’s surveillance tape, though it isn’t completely clear, shows two men in T-shirts leaving the garden area and headed north on Parkside Boulevard. The police said they are ruling the incident criminal mischief because a witness stated he saw a man pushing over the column and trying to push the one fastened to the gate.
Detectives ask anyone who has information to call the Seventh Squad at 573-6753 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.
The Post commander Jack Hipp said that this post is the largest in Nassau County with nearly 600 members and they are all very upset over this disrespectful act of vandalism. The damage was valued at around $1,000. On Friday morning the contractor’s worker said that he is going to insert a dowel between the post and eagle to prevent this from ever happening again. He added that they made an extra eagle when the park was built in 2002. Past Post Commander Louis Uline designed the Memorial Garden entrance to the Post 1066. The Post officially filed a formal application for a Massapequa American Legion Post on Jan. 22, 1931with 16 veterans living in the Massapequas at that time.