Fort Hamilton holds Veterans Day tribute
On Friday, November 6, the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton held its Veterans Day Remembrance Ceremony at 11 a.m., in the military base’s Post Theater. The annual event included the Presentation of the Colors by the NYC Joint Service Color Guard, an Invocation by Staff Sergeant David Teakell who also sung the National Anthem and welcoming remarks were made by Garrison Commander Craig Martin.
In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, Retired Corporal Dino Lamia, a World War II Veteran and a well known Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights civic leader was chosen as this year’s keynote speaker.
Lamia who recently turned 99 years old, is a licensed real estate broker and real estate appraiser. He has served as both the President of the Brooklyn Board of Realtors and the Bay Ridge Real Estate Board and is a former member of Brooklyn Community Board 10. He still serves on the boards of the 12:30 Club of Bay Ridge and the Colonial Club where he has been the former treasurer of both organizations. Dino is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Catholic War Veterans, a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a longtime parishioner and Eucharistic Minister of St. Ephrem”s Church.
His daughter Risa accompanied him and read the narrative he provided for the occasion.
Whenever he is called upon to give an Invocation at a professional or community meeting, he always closes with, “God Bless America. The land of the free because of the brave.”
Col. Craig Martin along with Command Sergeant Major Michael McCabe presented Lamia with a citation and bronze statue of a WWII soldier. Among the high profile guests present was NYS Assemblyman Peter Abbate, New York City Commissioner of Veteran Affairs James Hendon and U.S. Coast Guard Captain Jason Tama, Commander of Coast Guard Sector New York and Captain of the Port of New York and New Jersey.
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