The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is located at the site of General Washington’s Revolutionary War encampment in New York’s historic Hudson Valley -- the very same site that General Washington created the Purple Heart Award to honor those who sacrificed for the cause of freedom.
I am pleased to join with the Hall of Honor in encouraging New York’s Purple Heart recipients share their stories of gallantry and sacrifice so that they may be included in the Hall’s records, displays and exhibits.
Senator Owen H. Johnson's Holiday Toy Drive delivered over a thousand toys to children of soldiers of the Fighting 69th Infantry Regiment. The toys were collected for the children of the many soldiers who have returned home to Long Island and are suffering the hardships of this difficult economy. Senator Johnson presented the gifts at the Fighting 69th Infantry Regiment’s annual Christmas party at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Farmingdale on December 17, 2011.
Senator Owen H. Johnson joined with Islip Town officials on January 26, 2012 at the MacArthur Airport to honor fallen Navy SEAL Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy. Lt. Murphy lost his life at age 29 during a bitter firefight with the Taliban in the mountains of Afghanistan on June 28, 2005.
Lt. Michael P. Murphy’s parents, Dan and Maureen Murphy, and brother John Murphy of Patchogue, accepted the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award on Michael’s behalf.
The ceremony included remarks from Lt. Murphy’s family and Islip Town Supervisor Croci as well as a video that chronicled the mission and sacrifices of Lt. Murphy and his fellow Navy SEALS.
State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), recently honored Beth Delli-Pizzi of West Islip as a 2012 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.” Ms. Delli-Pizzi was among women from throughout New York State who were honored at the Women of Distinction Award Ceremony held at the State Capitol on May 15, 2012.
Senator Owen H. Johnson recently honored a local distinguished service member from the 69th Infantry to represent the 4th Senate district in the New York Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Senator Johnson inducted Sergeant First Class John E. Walsh, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion of the 69th Infantry at a ceremony in Albany on May 22, 2012. The Veterans’ Hall of Fame was established by the Senate in 2005 to honor and recognize outstanding service members, like Robert E. Walsh, whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed forces is complemented by their service to the community.
The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.490), sponsored by Senator Joe Robach, that waives the 24-hour waiting period for military members to get married after receiving a marriage license. This would apply to military members who are scheduled for deployment in less than 30 days. “Given the sacrifice, coupled with the unique circumstances of active veterans, we feel this bill will better accommodate the requests of some of our brave men and women in the military with their personal and family lives,” said Senator Robach. “This is one small favor we can do to accommodate their time frame.”
Senator Owen H. Johnson was a proud co-sponsor of the New York State Senate Resolution honoring the 65th Infantry Regiment, the only Hispanic-segregated unit in the United States Military history.The 65th Infantry Regiment was created in 1899 and became better known as the Borinqueneers from the word Borinquen, the name by which the native Taino Indians called Puerto Rico.“In co-sponsoring this Legislative Resolution, I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest appreciation and eternal gratitude to the Borinqueneers. More than 20,000 Puerto Ricans have served courageously as Borinqueneers since World War I. Today we honor and thank them for their sacrifices, courageous acts and service to our country.”
Senator Owen H. Johnson and Assemblyman Phil Boyle joined with other elected officials and members of the community to cheer on the brave men and women who participated in the Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride through Babylon on July 20th. The event raised money and awareness for members of our military who have been wounded in combat. The Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride is a rehabilitative cycling program for injured servicemen and women, giving them the opportunity to reinvigorate their bodies and showing them how much life still has to offer.