Veterans from the Phoenix House Brentwood Campus‘ Military Community Services Program attended a memorial to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. This special memorial event, “The Dropping of the Roses” was held at the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, NY. Four veterans from Long Island who were survivors of Pearl Harbor were in attendance and honored.
After military honors, taps and the Blessing of the Roses, The Skytypers of New York flew vintage World War II aircraft at noon to New York Harbor, where they dropped 70 American Beauty Roses over the Statue of Liberty at precisely 12:55 p.m. to commemorate the exact time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. This tradition was started in 1970 by the late Joseph Stanley Hydrusko to honor those he served with on that fateful day of the attack.
Hundreds of veterans, family, friends and community members attended to pay tribute to those who lost their lives fighting for our freedom. Phoenix House’s services for military veterans are dedicated to serving the unique needs of current and former military personnel, we are proud to provide these vital treatment services to our heroes.