Legislator Ed Day (New City-Pomona) is asking residents to attend a unique combination of events – the annual commemoration of “National Police Week” and the unveiling of a memorial to the four Rockland residents who were killed in action while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Both events will take place on Sunday, May 20th, at the Rockland County Courthouse at Main Street and New Hempstead Road.
“The near convergence of these two memorial ceremonies may have been happenstance, but it will serve to crystallize what service and sacrifice is all about – whether it is on foreign soil or here in the homeland,” said Legislator Day.
The annual Police Memorial Service, sponsored by the Rockland County Police Memorial Committee, will commence at 11:00 a.m. This event, held annually at the Rockland County Police Memorial site, is known for its solemnity as in attendance are many families of police officers who either worked or resided in Rockland and were killed in the line of duty.
Two hours later, at 1:00 PM, a bronze plaque bearing the names of the four men who made the supreme sacrifice in combat operations, Capt. Phillip Esposito, Army Cpl. Manny Lopez, Army Spc. Justin Garcia, and Marine Cpl. Steven Vahaviolos, will be unveiled, becoming part of the Rockland County War Memorial site. Family members of the four heroes will attend.Legislator Day, the only member of the law enforcement community serving on the County Legislature and the father of two sons who served in the Armed Forces, offered a unique perspective by saying “I ask the community to take some time and be part of this unique opportunity not only to recognize the fact that we have ‘boots on the ground’ abroad and a ‘thin blue line’ here at home to protect us, but to also support the families that were left behind when their loved one made the ultimate sacrifice in our defense.”