Celebrating Astoria’s Veterans!

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This past weekend, we had the chance to celebrate some amazing veterans living in Astoria.

The event was a birthday celebration for Sal Gagliardo’s 100th, and Luke Gasparre’s 90th. The event was hosted by Tony Meloni, of the New York Anti-Crime Agency, and George Delis.

 

(L-R) Tony Meloni of the New York Anti-Crime Agency, Luke Gasparre, Sal Gagliardo, former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., Edward Babor representing Carolyn Maloney
(L-R) Tony Meloni of the New York Anti-Crime Agency, Luke Gasparre, Sal Gagliardo, former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., Edward Babor representing Carolyn Maloney

 

Sal was active in both the Pacific and European theaters, having served both in Pearl Harbor and Italy. He is a highly decorated veteran, member of the OSS and recipient of the Bronze Star.

He was also extremely involved in civilian life in Astoria as a Community Board member for decades, President of Astoria Civic Association and a career in City Planning

Luke was a combat soldier and served in Europe where he saw action in the Battle of the Bulge. He is a highly decorated veteran. He has been active in Astoria’s community life, as a member of the Taminent Democratic club and various other civic groups.

At the event, both were presented with awards by the Catholic War Veterans Post # 1, the American Legion and the Immaculate Conception Knights of Columbus, as well a birthday cake made especially for Sal’s 100th birthday celebration.10802443_317958518403639_1832109363_n

 

 

Notable attendees were Former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr, Ed Babor representing Carolyn Maloney, and Community Board 1 District Manager Lucille Hartmann‏.