Archive for April, 2013

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Take the Armory Poll – What Would YOU do With the Armory?

April 27, 2013

There is a petition asking the City to re-evaluate the economics surrounding development in New Rochelle. We urge you to sign the petition and take a look at what the folks over at Echo Bay Facts are proposing to improve things in this great city. Read about the true economic repercussions of the Mayor’s Echo Bay Fiasco. You won’t like what you see. Before you head over there, we thought it might be interesting to see what’s on your mind. Take a moment to participate in our own snapshot poll about what YOU, the rightful owners of the Armory, would do. Be sure to pass it around to your fellow supporters and check back to see the results.

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A New Section Has Been Added – Read the Stories From those Who Were There

April 19, 2013

We are pleased to launch a new section on our Website. It’s called  “A Day in the Life – True Tales From the Armory“. From time to time we will be posting stories and memories of the experiences so many had relating to this historic building. From Naval personnel to Marine “Devil Dogs” and civilians alike, see what it meant to be associated with the Armory during wartime and peace. The soldier and civilian coming together for common cause. Want to tell about your own experiences? Just contact us through the site, or tell one of our friends over at the Post 8 Legion Hall on North Avenue. We’ll do our best to help tell your story and remember, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Just look over on the right side column of the home page  and click on “A Day in the Life – True Tales From the Armory”

Thanks!

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There’s a Huguenot the Bramson Administration Can Not Control

April 19, 2013
Gadsen Flag in front of Deerpark Town Hall

Gadsen Flag Hoisted High in Deerpark,New York as a Tribute to New Rochelle’s Citizens and Their Armory

About an hour and a half from New Rochelle, in the quiet Town of Deerpark,NY, Veterans,Town Officials and citizens of Huguenot, New York and New Rochelle joined ranks to salute the hoisting of the historic American flag known as the “Gadsden Flag”. As New Rochelle City Council condemns local Veterans groups about the “appropriateness” of this flag, Deerpark Town Supervisor, Karl A. Brabenec understands all too well just how appropriate this symbol of American history is. Karl, along with Deerpark Councilman David Dean and Orange County Legislator, Dennis Simmons spoke eloquently among a crowd of WWII, Korea, Viet Nam and Desert Storm era Veterans about the importance of honoring our military history. “This flag should not offend anybody” said Brabenec, a first generation American whose parents and grandparents lived through Nazi Germany and Communism in Eastern Europe before making their way to the United States to provide a better life for their family. Brabenec’s father went on to serve in the U.S. Navy. Army /Air National Guard Veteran and Orange County Legislator, Dennis W.Simmons standing in front of their 9/11 Memorial, spoke in disbelief out how the Gadsden (which was Commissioned as an official Navy Jack on September 11th, 2002) can fly from any Naval ship but not in front of the Naval Armory in New Rochelle. With words of appreciation and thanks to the Deerpark assembly Assemblyman Ron Tocci presented the Town with a Gadsden flag to hoist in memory of those who have sacrificed and honor those who have made this Country what it is. He also drew the connection between the founding of New Rochelle by the Huguenots and the fact that the Deerpark Town Hall is situated in the Hamlet of Huguenot. Closing comments by Town Councilman David Dean, also a Veteran,  welcomed all to Deerpark where “we’re free men and women here and we believe in the sanctity of this flag and it’s a shame it was stricken from the town of New Rochelle Armory” . Well said Councilman. The crowd then gathered around the flagpole as the flag was prepared with the assistance of New Rochelle’s own Veterans James Murphy, Jim Lasser and James Tudy. A solo voice carried through the breeze with a rendition of  God Bless America, and for that moment, the voice, the wind and the flap of the flags carried with it the souls of all those who came before us to make this moment possible. These are the times when Americans stand strongest. Rallied around our history and foundation. Thank You Deerpark, Huguenot, and of course our Veterans. God Bless America.

You can view a video of the ceremony by clicking HERE

or some photos HERE

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