RESPECT LIFE it is more than preventing abortions, It prevents the Culture of Death the world is currently practicing.
N Y METRO & the N.Y. School of Pipe & Drum, Teaches children Pipe & Drum in three local Catholic Elementary schools.
Grade Two performance at the World Pipe Band Championships 2014.
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4oth ANNIVERSARY for the NASSAU AOH FEIS
The Annual Feis.
PRESS PLAY The Asaro Family – Firefighter Carl
HI, EVERYONE! HERE IS A CLIP OF TRUE BOND AND LOVE. –
No man can destroy something he cannot touch!
Hardest hit firehouse still recovering 10 years laterSeptember 11, 2011 5:36:58 AM PDT Eyewitness News NEW YORK —
As the transmissions of the 9/11 attack calls went out to emergency crews, police and firefighters did what they are trained to do and rush to the towers. They save lives, and this time, hundreds gave their lives.
No firehouse was hit harder than the one in Midtown Manhattan.
Fifteen members of Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battlaion 9 were killed.
That firehouse was the only one to have an entire shift killed that day. Those 15 firefighters were among the very first responders to get to the World Trade Center, and none of them made it back.
It was a devastating loss for the FDNY, and even more profound for the firefighters left behind.
“The word closure, I don’t understand that word whatsoever,” Chief John Joyce said. “Because there is no closure.”
It is a feeling that 10 years later has become a part of them. That feeling of life on the pile, the smoke, the mangled steel, the hopelessness and overwhelming grief.
For the firefigters of Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battlaion 9, September 11th is far from just a grim anniversary. For the firefighters who survived, the horrors of 9/11 never go away, like a terrible scar they carry with them every day.
They have learned to cope and they are still, without a doubt, ready, willing and able to run into a burning building without hesitation. But scratch beneath the surface and the emotions are still so painful.
“Some of the firefighters have never been found, which leaves an empty hole for a lot of the guys,” Joyce said.
For some, what weighs heavier than the grief is the guilt.
Firefighter John Fila was scheduled to work that fateful day, but he switched shifts with firefighter Christopher Santora.
“He was our newest guy in the house, 23 years old,” Fila said. “I think about Chris all the time. I think about what his life would have been, what he should have accomplished by now. It’ a huge weight to carry around.”
Firefighter Mike Lynch filled in for Joe Ceravolo.
“He worked,” Lynch said. “You know, they call it fate, and said well, it’s in God’s hands. I don’t know about it being in God’s hands. But the guilt that I should have been there, it was hard to face.”
The firefighters who died – their presence here is everywhere. The station has transformed into a functioning memorial, adorned with loving, if not haunting, tributes to the fallen 15. There are pictures at the door and memorial plaques on the wall.
But perhaps more importantly, the memories of the men are indelibly ethched in the hearts of the men who survived.
“Certain guys that I was close to, you still hear them laughing in a crowd,” firefighter Andrew Sforza said. “When you hear comments, you turn around and look.”
There is now more laughing than crying. The men say they were able to achieve that, soley because of each other and the bond of brotherhood they share.
“We had a psychologist that stayed with us for several months just to observe us,” Sforza said. “At the end of the period of service, she just said there’s nothing I can do for you guys that you haven’t done already.”
But there are still those days that come more frequently closer to the anniversary. The men simply call them “9/11 days.”
“It just comes up on you,” Ceravolo said. “Sneaks up on you, and you can read it in the other guys eyes. It’s amazing. You know what the hurt is.”
The biggest comfort over the years, and perhaps the greatest role the firefighters in this house have played, is surrogate father to the 28 children left behind.
“Can’t say it doesn’t get emotional, to see these kids,” Joyce said. “It’s good to see the kids moving forward with their lives and doing the right thing. Their fathers would be very proud of them.”
For Carl Asaro, Jr., who was just a youngster when his father was killed, the firehouse has become his second home. Now, he plans to become one of the newest members of the FDNY and hopes to work here – in his fathers footsteps.
Photos 2011 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, Division 11, Nassau .
Thank you to all the photographers, and the membership
2010 FEIS PHOTOS, Thank you Sean O’Rourke the Feis Committee and Honoree PADDY McCARTHY!
With Special Thanks to Division 11’s Phil, Bill, Harry.
And Jack for the New Children’s Area
April 2010 Activities
IRISH HERITAGE MONTH 2010
To attend as many festivities as possible and promote the culture was at the East Meadow Public Library. A wonderful collection of books on display that fairly representing the Irish for HERITAGE MONTH 2010. The marching started the first Sunday at the Garden city Parade at noon with Bethpage Parade at 2:00 and festivities followed both.
We attened the Irish Experience at Hofstra University the Nassau AOH sponsor a table there. And of course the 2010 New York City Parade on the 17th. All these events had a great turnout. Division 11 was led up 5th Avenue by “Irish Thunder Pipes and Drums” an award winning marching band from Pennsylvania A.O.H. Division No. 1 – Montgomery County, Swedesburg, PA . We sincerely thank them for the wonderful job they did and welcome them back anytime.
Gathering the food, purchasing from stores and donors is the hard part! We try to make deliveries twice a month at each pantry. We also try to customize the needs of each pantry with special drop-offs. There are many items that assistance programs do not supply like Aluminum Foil, Toothpaste and Toothbrushes, Laundry, dish and Body soaps etcetera. Can your kitchen operate without such items?
Often the Scouts and School Children help both with the collection and the delivery.
AOH Nassau County Board Fies September 20, 2009 Molloy College Photos
Since 1972, the Ancient Order of Hibernians have presented Nassau County with its annual Irish Feis and Festival. Held every year in September the Feis is a celebration of Irish culture and history. This year, the Feis was held on Sept. 20th with its traditional dance and piping competitions, along with an Irish Marketplace and a special area for the kids.
And since it’s a Sunday, mass will be said in the morning.
But the day centers around Irish tradtion. The dance competition may be the premiere Feis in the New York Area, while pipers from all around come to perform.
For Pipe and Drum Competition Winners Click Here
MONDAY MONUMENT Slideshow
EASTER MONDAY MONUMENT RE-DEDICATION
Several Irish-American organizations, including the Nassau County Board of the AOH, the Irish-Americans in Government, the Irish American Society of Queens and Nassau, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and other groups formed a committee for the monument’s refurbishment almost two years ago, and today Phase One of the refurbishment project was completed and rededicated. The Irish government donated $20,000 to this project. It was a privately funded project sponsored by the Irish groups mentioned and others, as well as through fund raising events.