Joining in the ceremony were members of the Theodore Korony and John Fraiser Bryant American Legion posts, the East Bronx History Forum, Van Nest Neighborhood Alliance and public officals.
Photo by Silvio Pacifico
The East Bronx History Forum in partnership with the Van Nest Neighborhood Alliance held a ceremony in honor of Veterans Day on Saturday, November 11. The event took place at noon at the Van Nest Memorial. Gene DeFrancis, a U.S. Navy veteran and Allerton International Merchants Association president, was honored at the event. The NYC Parks Department, which manages the memorial, is set to undertake a major renovation of the area in 2018.
(l-r) Award recipient Gene DeFrancis, 2nd Vice Commander of Theodore Korony American Legion Post #253; Rich Vitacco, president of the East Bronx History Forum and Earl Menard, commander of the John Fraiser Bryant American Legion Post #19.