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Memorial Mission

Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony

and "Dropping of the Roses"

WWII Veterans

Farmingdale, New York - 12-07-18


The Long Island Air Force Association has once again invited the Patriot Guard Riders to participate in the annual Pearl Harbor Day Ceremonies and the "Dropping of the Roses".
Following the indoor ceremony, overhead doors open and everyone moves outside to the tarmac, where LIAFA personnel take off in a vintage plane to drop roses over the Statue of Liberty in memory of the men and women who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor in 1941.
OVERVIEW - The late Joseph Hydrusko was a Navy medic serving at Pearl Harbor during the attack on December 7th, 1941. He was credited with saving countless lives as the Japanese aircraft dropped their bombs on the Navy fleet.
In 1970, Joe started a tradition of dropping American Beauty Roses (one rose for each anniversary year) over the Statue of Liberty while flying his own aircraft. The "Dropping of the Roses" was his way of paying a personal tribute to the men and women who lost their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Following his death in 1974, his friends from the "Skytypers" and the Air Force Association continued on with the tradition. Due to their advanced ages, his friends Mort Arken, Irv Hansen, Walter Zywan and others asked the Long Island Air Force Association (AFA) to accept the responsibility for the roses tradition. 2017 marked the 23rd consecutive year of the Long Island AFA involvement in the ceremony.

Staging Time:
10:00 a.m.

American Airpower Museum
Republic Airport
1230 New Highway
Farmingdale, NY 11735

Ride Captain:

Rich "Chief" Schiraldi

Special Instructions:

Stage at 10:00 a.m. for placement and instructions for indoor Ceremony that begins at 10:30 a.m.

Flags & Water:

Flags will not be provided, please bring your own.
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted by:
Wayne Cohen SRC8

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