Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 17 August 2012 00:00
The complimentary wedding for a Nassau County veteran or active duty armed forces member at The Viana Hotel & Spa in Westbury on Veteran’s Day is just one of many ways in which the community is giving back to those who have given their all for the United States.
The Viana is still looking for local organizations that want to contribute their services for the event, as no business has come forward to donate tuxedos, a cake and more. If you or someone you know would like to be a part of this event, please call 572-6560 to get involved.
Any former (with an honorable discharge) or current serviceman or woman is eligible for this expense-free wedding and honeymoon as long as he or she provides a copy of the DD214 form and is a Nassau County Resident. Applicants are required to submit a short essay (approximately 100 words) noting why they should be selected.
Though this event will only reach a handful of military families, the principle of selflessness still stands and one can only hope that the altruism becomes contagious among local residents. We can donate just about anything for current servicemen and women and our veterans, though time is the best way to show we haven’t forgotten the sacrifices our armed forces make today and every day in protecting this country.