Veterans of all the wars the United States has been involved going back to World War II were in the house as Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. held his Annual Bronx Veterans Appreciation Day breakfast. Stories were told and recognition was given to those who rightfully deserved it. The Color Guard from the Navy Operation Support Center brought out the flags, while Ms. Belinda Barnes made the vets in the room even prouder as she belted out the National Anthem. Bishop Angelo Rosario of the Bronx Clergy Task Force gave the invocation, and there was a moment of silence for all the fallen soldiers who never made it home.It wasn't the speech of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. that had everyone in the room at a roar, but what happened after the BP was finished. BP Diaz wanted to make sure that World War II Veteran Joe Binder came up to tell a few jokes. The reason - Mr. Binder is the oldest living active Veteran in the Bronx at the age of 104. BP Diaz said that it is people like Mr. Binder and many other vets some of whom are on his Veterans Advisory Council who have informed him of the needs of Bronx Veterans.
Left - As he arrived BP Diaz went around the room thanking the Vets for their service to the country.
Right - The Navy Color Guard stands ready.
Left - Bishop Rosario Gives the Invocation.
Right - BP Diaz during his speech thanking the Veterans who served so the United States could continue to enjoy its freedom.
Left - BP Diaz Introduces WWII veteran Joe Binder who is the oldest active living veteran in the Bronx. Mr. Joe Binder is 104 years old.
Right - BP Diaz asked Mr. Binder to tell a few war jokes, and you can see the BP trying to keep a straight face as one joke is being told.