Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and his Bronx Veterans’ Advisory Council co-hosted the annual Bronx Veterans’ Appreciation Day Breakfast, as part of Bronx Week 2018. Over 250 Veterans and their families attended the event held at Maestros.
The Honorees were Lehman College Graduate Student/Research Asst. (U.S. Navy) Hannelyn Boyd, former Community Board #4 Chair / Longtime Bronx Community Leader (U.S. Army) D. Lee Ezell, Sam Young American Legion Post #620 (U.S. Army-Vietnam) member William (Bill) Franklin, and Co-Op City Resident (U.S. Army-WWII Vet) Alan A. Kalter. Special Recognition went to New York National Guard and Team Red, White & Blue, for their support of the 2017 Bronx Puerto Rican / Mexican Relief efforts. Photos of the event are below.
Above and Below - Bronx Borough President went around the room to show off his son Ron who just graduated from Temple University with the rank of Lieutenant. Lieutenant Diaz will begin his tour of duty in September.
Above - Three generations of the Diaz family, Veteran and now Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr., new Lieutenant Ron Diaz, and Bronx BP Ruben Diaz Jr.
Below - Joseph Mondello, Chair of the Bronx BP's Veterans Advisory Council speaks to the audience.
Above - BP Diaz with Honoree Ms. Hannelyn Boyd.
Below - BP Diaz with Honoree Ms. D. Lee Ezell.
Above - BP DIaz with Honoree William (Bill) Franklin.
Below - BP Diaz with Honoree Alan A. Kalter.
There was also an empty place setting for those soldiers who were still unaccounted for or MIA.