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Bristal Honors Veteran, Young Artists

Peter Cerreta, an 88-year-old veteran and retiree of NASA was recently honored by The Bristal in Westbury and elder law firm Genser Dubow Genser & Cona (GDGC).  A resident of the assisted living facility, Cerreta was joined by his nieces and nephews at the event. 

Cerreta was recognized for his service during World War 2 as well as his thoughtful and generous character. 

Drafted while he was at New York University, Cerreta was taught to fly the C-46, the largest two-engine cargo plane built by the U.S.  Along with a team of three, he went all over the world delivering aviation gas and supplies to foreign ports.

At the event, The Bristol and GDGC also recognized four winners of “These Colors Don’t Run,” a student art contest. The winners were Joseph Quaranta from Central Islip, Andrew Perez from Islip Terrace, Emma DeStefano from Deer Park and Melanie Regan from West Islip. 

“We sponsored the contest to give youngsters an opportunity to show their creativity in thanking local veterans and their families for the services they gave to our country,” Melissa Negrin-Wiener, a partner at GDGC, said. 

Winners were chosen based on creativity, originality and language used to exemplify the contest theme. The students were awarded with a Visa gift card and certificate. Their work is being displayed at GDGC’s Susan C. Snowe Caregiver Resource Center in Melville.