WW II Armor Museum Names Seaford Resident
As Its Pro Bono “Adjutant General”
The Museum of American Armor has named Eileen Daly-Sapraicone, Esq. of Seaford, as
pro bono “adjutant general” to the not-for-profit museum that will house a collection of thirty operational World War II tanks and vehicles when construction of its 25,000 square foot facility is completed at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage.
When the museum’s plans were announced last month Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano stated, “The ability to create an armored column that replicates the sights and sounds of American forces during World War II is one of the most compelling educational tools we have to recount the story of our GIs’ courage, valor and sacrifice. Place it in this setting of vintage farmhouses and country roads so reminiscent of the WWII era Normandy countryside, and you have created a virtual time machine that ensures indelible memories for families.”
Ms. Daly-Sapraicone stated, “I am honored to be associated with this museum as its mission is meant to honor our veterans while serving as a powerful educational resource for a new generation of Americans. We have an obligation to ensure that the stories from this period are never allowed to fade and my volunteer efforts will be driven by that commitment.”
Eileen is a law secretary in Nassau County District Court, previously served in the City of New York Department of Investigation and has worked as a Queens Assistant District Attorney. In her pro bono capacity she will not only assist in the governance of the 501 C 3 not-for-profit museum but will seek to reach out to Nassau County veterans as part of a larger effort by the museum to act as a venue for veterans outreach organizations and relevant government agencies.
“The War on Terror has required the mobilization of thousands of Long Islanders who put on the uniform to defend our nation. The Museum of American Armor can act as a liaison to connect those veterans with service providers here to assist military families,” continued Ms. Daly-Sapraicone.
The Museum of American Armor began with a modest display of military vehicles at the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport in 2009 and quickly grew to become one of the most important armor collections on public display in the Northeast. It will continue to play an integral role at the American Airpower Museum, but will now have a dedicated location in which to display and operate all of its tanks, armored cars, jeeps and support equipment.
Lawrence Kadish, founding Chairman of the Museum of American Armor, is providing a gift of $1,000,000 towards the creation of the museum. Plans call for the construction this summer of a 25,000 square foot facility on the grounds of Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Operational vehicles that will be on public display include the iconic Sherman tank, a Stuart light tank used extensively by the Marines during their Pacific campaigns, a potent 155 mm howitzer, reconnaissance vehicles that acted as armored scouts for American forces, anti-aircraft guns and similar weapons that broke the back of the Axis powers during World War II. Plans are also underway to honor veterans of the Korean, Vietnam and Cold War conflicts as well as the War on Terror.