Friends of St. Patrick Grand Marshal

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Friends of St. Patrick Grand Marshal

Friends of St. Patrick Announces Grand Marshal of the 67th Annual Parade

The “Friends of St. Patrick” are pleased to announce, with great pride that the committee has named local hero, Joseph A. Cognitore, to be the 67th Grand Marshal at this year’s parade. Joseph A. Cognitore proudly served in Vietnam from April 1969 through March 1971, where he held the ranks of “Acting Platoon Sergeant” and “Acting Platoon Leader”.  For his valor on the battlefield and for his service to country, he earned the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge, as well as the National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign, and Air Medals.  He has been a member of the VFW since 1973 and serves as Commander of VFW Post 6249, Rocky Point. For his services to the community, Mr. Cognitore has been honored by local legislators and civic associations.  Having distinguished himself in both military and civilian life, he was inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame in 2005. Under his direction, the Suffolk County Veteran Commanders joined with the Long Island Home Building Corporation to provide homes for wounded veterans and their families.  Most recently, Mr. Cognitore and the developer and owner of “Landmark Properties” were named “Times Beacon Record News 2016 People of the Year”, for building and giving homes to veterans. Mr. Cognitore was instrumental in the creation of the Diamond in the Pines 9/11 Memorial, and in the German  Shepherd Bronze Statue to honor the nation’s service dogs.  Additionally, he helped the local Historical Society on the creation of the Civil War Memorial at Depot Park.  Joe Cognitore is a moving force in supporting veterans’ causes, as well as local groups   Because of his dedication and commitment to the country and to the Rocky Point community, it has been said that Joe Cognitore personifies everything, that a citizen should be, in terms of national and local service.                                                                                           The community is invited to celebrate and honor Mr. Cognitore at the “Friends of St. Patrick” annual cocktail party on Sunday, March 5, 2017, from 4-8 p.m., at the Grand Ballroom of East Wind Caterers in Wading River.  Tickets are $40, and include a traditional Irish dinner, Irish music, dancing, with moderately priced drinks.  Tickets will not be available at the door; but can be purchased, in advance, at the Hartlin Inn, McCarricks Dairy, or the Law Office of James E. McElhone Please come and support our local parade!
Joseph A. Cognitore  Grand Marshal 2017
Friends of St. Patrick, P.O. Box 5540, Rocky Point, NY 11778