‘We Remember’: A Moving Veterans Day 2019 Ceremony In Carroll Park
Assemblywoman JoAnne Simon, Jerry Armer, Community Affairs, 76 Pct. Community Affairs, PO Joe Gonzalez, 76 Pct. Community Affairs Det. Vincent Marrone and Councilmember Brad Lander
The Veterans Day Ceremony in Carroll Park yesterday was a wonderful way for the Carroll Gardens community to remember and honor those who have served in the military. It was deeply moving and especially wonderful to see so many young children involved in the ceremony as they listened attentively to the speeches of some of our neighborhood veterans.
As in years past, the event was organized by the Court Street and Smith Street Business Associations and Friends of Carroll Park.
Bruce McDonald of Friends of Carroll Park served as master of ceremony. He included some sobering statistics about United States veterans in his speech.
– According to the nonprofit group Feed Our Vets, more than 130,000 Veterans are homeless and hungry on any given night in America. One in three homeless people in America is a U.S. Military Veteran. And nearly four million Veterans and their families don’t have enough to eat during the year. [https://feedourvets.org/about-fov]
– The Federal Government attempted to cut food stamp programs three times in the past year [https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/04/us/politics/trump-food-stamp-cuts.html]
We should all remember these statistics, especially going into the holiday season. Friends of Carroll Park will be collecting goods for its yearly City Harvest holiday food drive every Saturday in December at the Robert Acito park house. Please help generously by contributing canned goods.