Jack M. Martins's posts related to Veterans

Senate Passes Bill to Strenthen Voting Process for Military Voters

Measure has Governor’s backing and is set to become law

The New York State Senate gave final legislative approval to legislation (S.3500) sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, to ensure that special elections in New York State provide more time for military absentee ballots to be mailed and counted.

“It’s the right time to make this change, and it’s a sound piece of legislation. It ensures that New York’s servicemen and servicewomen are given every reasonable opportunity to have their voices heard and their votes counted in special elections,” said O’Mara, who noted that the new law is expected to be in effect for an upcoming special election in western New York’s 26th Congressional District.



 Senator Jack Martins today invited local residents to nominate veterans from their community whose service on behalf of our nation designates worthy of induction to the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame.

 This on-line Hall of Fame is designed to pay tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complemented by their service to the community.

 “The Senate takes this opportunity to honor the brave men and women who serve our nation and protect our freedom as members of the military, said Senator Martins. “The Senate Veterans Hall of Fame pays tribute to all who serve, but also singles out for special recognition those whose sacrifices and service have helped make our nation and our community better places to live.”

Purple Heart Stamp to Last Forever

An effort to honor military heroes that began in the New York State Senate 11 years ago has now resulted in the U.S. Postal Service announcing that the Purple Heart postage stamp has been classified as a “Forever” stamp, ensuring that it will continue in circulation.

The campaign to create the Purple Heart Stamp was started in November 2000 by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-On-Hudson), a 23 year Army combat veteran. After a massive letter writing effort by the Military Order of the Purple Heart and other veterans organizations, the stamp was first issued in 2003. Since that time, a letter writing effort to continue the Purple Heart stamp had to be conducted each time the price of a first class letter changed to ensure the stamp would continue.


Senator Martins Attends New Hyde Park Memorial Day Festivities

This Memorial Day weekend, Senator Martins took part in commemoration services in New Hyde Park. While Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, during which there are barbecues and family outings, more importantly, it is a time to say thank you to the veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom and way of life.

Williston Park American Legion Holds Everlasting Services on Memorial Day

Senator Martins Serves as Guest Speaker

Due to rain showers and dark skies early on Memorial Day morning, the Williston Park American Legion Post #144 did not hold its Memorial Day parade, but did have a stirring tribute to the veterans inside the post. The 55th Annual Post Everlasting Services paid tribute to all those who served, departed members and those who went off to service and sadly did not return.

Post commander Frank Oliveiri conducted the services. Reverend Christine van Liew of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection gave the invocation and then former Town of North Hempstead Supervisor John Kiernan introduced guest speaker, Senator Jack M. Martins.


Senator Martins Marches in Mineola Memorial Day Parade

On Monday, May 30, the Mineola community commemorated Memorial Day with a parade that began at Wilson Park and ended in Mineola Memorial Park. The parade was led by American Legion Post #349 Commander Sal Cataldo and member of the Legion as well as Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1305 Commander Manny Grilo and members of the VFW.

It was a day in which residents and organizations braved near 90 degree heat to say thank you to the veterans who have fought to preserve our freedom. Among the residents that marched in the parade were Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss, Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira and State Senator Jack M. Martins.


Garden City Park Commemorates Memorial Day

While in the Seventh Senate District on Monday to honor the community's veterans on Memorial Day, Senator Jack M. Martins stopped by Garden City Park. Here, he is pictured with Post Commander George Popowitz, Parade Marshal Charles Fitzgerald, Thomas and Margaret Zarella, Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello and Reno and Connie Staffa.

Senator Martins to Induct John Davanzo Into Senate Veterans Hall of Fame

On Tuesday, June 14, Senator Jack M. Martins will be inducting John S. Davanzo into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.

On June 8, 1944, during the invasion of Normandy, the U.S.S. Glennon, a Gleaves-class destroyer, struck a mine off Normandy and was eventually sunk by shore batteries. Among the survivors was John S. Davanzo.

John returned to his hometown of Mineola after his service in World War II. Those who came to know him over the years marvel at his involvement in his community and the care and compassion he shows for others.


Senator Martins Inducts John S. Davanzo Into New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame

D-Day Survivor, Community Leader Honored

On Flag Day, June 14, Senator Jack M. Martins inducted John S. Davanzo of Mineola into the New York State Senate Hall of Fame, which recognizes outstanding veterans from the state who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life.


Honoring Our Veterans on Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a day to honor all veterans for their service to our country. It is observed on Nocember 11, the aniversary of the Armistince that signified the end of World War I, which formally ended at the 11th hour of the11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

Im 1938, Congress passed an act that made the 11th day of each year a legal holiday, known as Armistice Day." On October 8, 1938, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Veterans Day Proclamation, stating, "In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose."