07/31/14 12:00pm
07/31/2014 12:00 PM

Anthony Venetz family seeks benefits

More than 400,000 soldiers are buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

One of them is Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Venetz Jr., who was brought back to the United States from Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan on Jan. 30, 2011, two days after his death. He was carried off a plane at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware by seven servicemen on an U.S. Army carry team — an American flag draped over the case carrying his body.

Eleven days later, the Wading River native was laid to rest at Arlington with full military honors.

A married 30-year-old father of two, the Green Beret was remembered as a hero by those who attended his burial in section 60, site 9509 of America’s second most populated national cemetery.

That plot may be where Sgt. Venetz’s decade-long service to the military ended, but for the family he left behind, the battle continues today.  (more…)

05/26/14 3:33pm
05/26/2014 3:33 PM

This woman was not alone as thousands flocked to Calverton National Cemetery on Memorial Day. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

The more than 242,000 interments over the past 36 years at Calverton National Cemetery are the biggest reason so many Long Islanders spend their Memorial Day in Riverhead Town. (more…)

05/26/14 12:40pm

The annual Memorial Day Parade was held in Riverhead Monday morning. (Credit: Grant Parpan photos)

As the parade of veterans reached the corner of Main Street and Peconic Avenue, the dozens of residents who set up camp at that location for a prime view of the annual event began to clap their hands in tribute.

Then a booming voice rose above the rest of the sounds at the intersection.

“Thank you for your service,” a man yelled.

It is in the spirit of remembering our veterans — the dead and the living – that the Riverhead community lines its streets each Memorial Day for the town’s annual parade. (more…)

04/25/14 6:00am
04/25/2014 6:00 AM


Legislation signed in December by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that made school tax exemptions for available to certain veterans took effect with little advance notice, making it difficult for school boards tasked with deciding whether their districts would participate in the program to make well-researched and educated decisions.  (more…)