Hauppauge, NY-  State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) will be holding a press conference on Saturday, March 12, 2011, at 1 PM, to announce the introduction of the Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act.  The event will take place at William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach, NY.   The family of Specialist Thomas Wilwerth, along with dozens of Veterans, are expected to attend in support.

This act will prohibit protests within 2,500 feet of military services, funerals, and processions of deceased service members unless the protest organizers post a bond to the local municipality to defray the increased security costs associated with demonstrations that occur closer to these funeral activities. In no case would protesters be permitted within 500 feet. 

Senator Zeldin pledged during his campaign to introduce this legislation if elected.

The Act is named for Specialist Thomas Wilwerth, an Iraq War Veteran who lost his life in combat in 2006. Specialist Wilwerth and Senator Zeldin both graduated from William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach, New York.

WHO: Senator Lee M. Zeldin, other Elected Officials, and members of the Veterans Community.

WHAT: Press conference and rally introducing the Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act

WHERE: William Floyd High School, 240 Mastic Beach Road, Mastic Beach, NY 11951

WHEN: Saturday, March 12th, at 1PM