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Veteran's Day Ceremony to Honor Late VFW, American Legion Commander

Local politicians will join the VFW and American Legion on Main Street for the ceremony, with a dedication to Nicholas Albanese.

Past Commander of the American Legion Post 833 Nicholas Albanese, who passed away earlier this year, will be honored at the Veteran’s Day ceremony at Smithtown Veterans Plaza.

A plaque with his name that is affixed into a stone will be unveiled at the Main Street ceremony Friday, which begins at 10:45 a.m. In addition to the plaque unveiling, the new waterfall at the plaza will be dedicated to the town.

Rep. Tim Bishop, D – Southampton, Town Supervisor Patrick Vecchio, and Legis. John Kennedy Jr., R – Nesconset, are confirmed speakers that will join members of the Smithtown VFW Post 10870 and Smithtown American Legion Post 833 at the ceremony.

Tom Mooney, past commander and current service officer of both the VFW Post 10870 and American Legion Post 833, will lead this year’s ceremony.

During the ceremony, the first-place winner of the VFW Voice of Democracy Essay Competition will have a chance to read their winning essay, based on the topic, “Is There Pride in Serving in Our Military.”

Other invited guests include Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick, R – Smithtown, who spoke at last year’s ceremony, state Sen. John Flanagan, R – East Northport, Legis. Lynne Nowick, R – St. James, County Executive Steve Levy, Rep. Steve Israel, D-Dix Hills, Veterans Service Agency Director Tom Ronayne and members of the town council.

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