American Legion, Chairman Joe
of the Wounded Warrior Project, Major Jamie Murphy Assistant
Operations Officer of Wounded Warrior, Sergeant Joseph Stordahl of
Wounded Warrior East Patient were on hand for a packed Operation
Wounded Warrior breakfast held at Dee Dee's luncheonette.
Wounded Warrior Breakfast "Thank You"
Dee Dee's luncheonette was the scene for an extra special "reunion"
breakfast. It was an event that neither the members
of the Floral Park American Legion, Nassau County Firefighter Wounded
Warrior Project members, Dee Dee's owner Peter Deluca or the Wounded
will soon forget.
The story begins with visits to a hospital to meet and encourage the
"Wounded Warriors" by bringing them different goods and supplies by
members of the Nassau County Firefighter Wounded Warrior Project. Among
the visitors were several Floral Park members of the American Legion,
firefighters and community volunteers. It turns out that one of those
visits would have a profound effect on the warriors and lead to the
That's when the phone call came.
"The Wounded Warriors wished to come and meet with us while they were
up here for the Superbowl," said Joseph O'Grady, Chairman of the
project, adding, "the Marines
just wanted to see Hometown USA and what better place than Floral Park?"
The visit included taking in some of the sights as well. "We simply
took them to breakfast and shared some enjoyable quality time with them
at the Floral Park Fire Department HQ. Some tell us of their families,
some share stories of the events that led to their injuries," O'Grady
O'Grady and the group teamed up with Peter Deluca of "Dee Dee's
Luncheonette" who put on the breakfast with some of our local
who never get to make the trips with us. "The breakfast afforded those
who could not go to the hospitals to meet the injured soldiers,
shake their hands and share their stories. It was an opportunity for
our supporters to experience and see the wounded men and women of our
armed forces and simply say thanks."
When O'Grady was asked to reflect on the day with some of America's
bravest he reflected and said, "It was an opportunity to help our
wounded. Even a small event like this helps their healing as they are
reminded that people appreciate their spirit of volunteerism and that
the sacrifices they and their families have made for the American way
of life we enjoy and cherish, have not gone unnoticed."
Back at the diner, when asked what he thought of the breakfast, Dee
Peter Deluca simply replied, "it was an honor to be with them."