Veterans Join Raia For Operation Recognition

February 17, 2010

Assemblyman Andrew Raia (second from right) is joined by Operation Recognition honorees, from left, Joseph Maggio, Rudolph Bibow, as well as veteran John Geiss.

Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C-East Northport) hosted an “Operation Recognition” event on February 12 to help New York State veterans who left high school early to serve in the military receive special awards.

Established by the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs, Operation Recognition is designed to help World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans receive educational honors. Two local servicemen, World War II veteran Joseph Maggio of Deer Park, and Korean War veteran Rudolph Bibow of East Northport, were recognized with a diploma and New York State Medals of Merit at the Northport Veterans Administration ceremony earlier this month. Also on hand were representatives from local American Legion Posts 360 (Huntington), 694 (Northport), and 1244 (Greenlawn), as well as the Elwood-Commack VFW. The Veterans Administration’s public affairs officer Joe Sledge also was in attendance.

“New York veterans, we salute you,” said Raia. “Your courage and sacrifice have made us safe and guaranteed the freedoms we enjoy. Operation Recognition is an opportunity to recognize your remarkable service. My thanks to Rudolph Bibow and Joseph Maggio, in addition to local American Legion Post and VFW commanders Ted Harbach, Tom Rocco, Bob Santo, and Fred Amore. You all contribute to the legacy of service on Long Island.”