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Hundreds of students, faculty, politicians, guests and veterans, including Joe Mammana of New Rochelle, who served in Korea, gathered first to learn about the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, then to raise an American flag that once flew over the USS Arizona Memorial on the flagpole outside the school.
Armando “Chick” Galella of Sleepy Hollow, a Pearl Harbor survivor pictured below saluting the flag, delivered a keynote address that was deeply moving.
However, I was also struck by a photograph that appeared in the educational slideshow.
This is Chick Galella when he was stationed in the Pacific as a young man. I took a picture of the screen in the auditorium at Bronxville High School as the snapshot was displayed, so the quality isn’t the best. Mr. Galella is well-known in Westchester not only for his courage as a Bronze Star recipient, but also for his community service. Seeing the young man he was and the distinguished man he is today affected me, and I wanted to share that with all of you, too.