SUNNYSIDE, N.Y. – Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris marked Flag Day by inducting Pedro Nieves, a local Queens veteran, into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. Mr. Nieves and his wife Betty are active participants in Sunnyside Community Services’ senior programs, where the award was presented. Mr. Nieves served in the famous 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the “Borinqueneers”, an all-Puerto Rican regiment that fought in the Korean War and was later awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.
“Pedro Nieves served our community and our country and it is an honor to know him,” said Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris. “To be joined by four generations of his family and his friends at Sunnyside Community Services was a truly special occasion. All of New York salutes Pedro Nieves.”
The New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame was created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life. Their meritorious service to our nation deserves the special recognition that only a Hall of Fame can provide, as a fitting expression of our gratitude and admiration.