New York State Assemblyman Brian Curran, R-Lynbrook, recognized the bravery, patriotism and committment of 11 local heroes this weekend at his second annual “Veterans Hall of Honor” ceremony including the late Andrew Renzullo, of Malverne.
Renzullo, a World War II Navy veteran, died in early October at the age of 91, just 26 days after his wife, Cleo, 84, passed away. He was posthumously honored at the luncheon, where his daughter Patricia accepted the award on her father’s behalf.
“Andrew’s service to his country is a source of great pride to his family, and is an inspiration to all within our community,” stated Curran. “In his civilian life, as in his service to our nation, this recipient lead by example. I am honored to recognize this outstanding hero.”
Retired Chief Petty Officer Renzullo dedicated six years of service to his country and even survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, an experience he recounted to Patch around Veterans Day 2010. Click here to read his story.
A highlight of this year's Hall of Honor ceremony was when Curran presented a check of almost $2,000 to Paul Hastings, Ambassador to the Wounded Warriors Project. Curran raised the funds through his participation in a recent triathlon.
Joining in honoring these honorees was Malverne Mayor Patricia Norris McDonald.
“I know that every veteran carries his or her own unique story, and I wish I could single out each and every one on this Veteran’s day weekend,” concluded Curran. “The reality is that these fine men and women exemplify all that is great about the many unnamed heroes within our nation’s armed forces, past and present. I am proud to represent this amazing group of veterans.”