Sunday, May 12, 2019
|American patriots honored with Congressional Gold Medal|
CARMEL – The Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor
our country bestows, was awarded to Raymond D’Alessandro of Carmel
Saturday by Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney.
The D’Alessandro brothers always had a keen interest in flying
and airplanes. They joined the Civil Air Patrol in 1944 becoming cadet
In 1948, Raymond re-enlisted in the Army before seeing combat in Korea in 1951. Upon his discharge he attended college and became a police officer in White Plains. He also served in Westchester assisting veterans and currently aids vets through the United Action Council for Veterans and Service Members.
Congressman Maloney noted following the war 848 medals were awarded to members of the Civil Air Patrol but because the brothers enlisted while pre-teens, they fell beneath the radar and were never recognized. “Ray was born in1930, which was the same year my mom was born. Mom passed away on March 18 and I have been thinking about her a lot lately and her stories about how our country became mobilized during the war. Wouldn’t it be great if we could mobilize our country again without the war? Wouldn’t it be great if everyone took on a sense of responsibility and contribution in something bigger than themselves? I believe that every American should serve their country with pride, honor and distinction and get out of our red team-blue team mentality and like Ray and Herbert start thinking again about the red, white and blue.”
Maloney said elected officials “must stop chasing their tails on ‘penny-ante titty-tat short term nonsense’ because the United States is bigger than all that stuff.”
He said his father, who served in the Navy during the war, often told him, “Son, a lot of guys never came home.”
The congressman said. “The real heroes are those whose names are
imprinted on granite headrests at cemeteries around the globe who never
got to marry, have kids and fulfill their life’s dreams. We are
blessed that some did come home, like my dad and Ray D’Alessandro
because of the contributions they made to the United States of America.”
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