Services Honor Local Veterans
A well-deserving veterans was honored at Huntington’s annual Veterans Day Program and Wreath Ceremony on Sunday.
William Ober, commandant of the Huntington Marine Corps League Detachment #792, was the guest of honor at Veterans Plaza at Huntington Town Hall.
Many veterans, their friends and families, government officials, and local supporters flooded the front of town hall against a backdrop of flags on town hall’s lawn to show their admiration of those who have served the United States.
Ober’s local efforts have led to the Huntington detachment of the Marine Corps League to becoming one of the most active detachments on Long Island. He arranges military performances at funerals, details and parades, and visits schools to discuss the Marine Corps with students. Ober is also involved with the Wounded Warriors Project, often organizing drives and fundraising events.
For his hard work and dedication to the Marine Corps, military, and wounded warriors, Ober was named Marine of the Year at the 2013 New York State Marine Corps League Convention.
Ober also is a supporter of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America, and many local Boy Scouts came out to support him in turn.
Members of the Elwood-Commack Post of Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Elks Lodge also came out to show their support to Huntington’s veterans.
U.S. Congressman Steve Israel, of Huntington, spoke about his plans to continue to support those who have fought and served in war, and the Long Island Children’s Choir put on a musical performance.
Later in the day, at John Walsh Memorial Park on Sunday, a bench was dedicated in honor of U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. (retired) Francis J. Minnock, whose military service spanned 30 years, from being present at the bombing of Pearl Harbor through the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
After retiring, he devoted himself to his fellow veterans by driving a Northport VA Hospital Disabled Veterans van.
Minnock has lived near the park for more than 60 years, surrounded by his wife, Eleanor (a member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church choir, which sang), children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and Supervisor Frank Petrone and council members Mark Cuthbertson and Susan Berland.