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Pvt. Carl Johnson Memorial Ceremony - local news - 11/7/2012
Timothy Butler

On October 27, local elected officials, Sayville residents, Veteran’s groups and the family of Private Carl Johnson gathered at the intersection of Lakeland and Johnson Avenues to commemorate the refurbishing and re-dedication of the Private Carl Johnson Pearl Harbor Memorial by Fairfield Properties. As I wrote in an earlier article, Private Carl Johnson was killed at Pearl Harbor in 1941, and Johnson Avenue was named after him.

Recently, Fairfield Properties undertook the task of renovating the Memorial at the intersection and as we have all seen the results are excellent. On this day, colorful mums surrounded the rock Memorial, the green grass was seasonally vibrant green and the rock waterfall provided gentle background sounds to the ceremony. What was once an uninspiring tribute in need of replacement is now a beautiful Memorial situated at what many residents consider to be the ‘gateway to Sayville’.

On hand for the ceremony were Chris Bodkin for Suffolk County Legislator William Lindsay, New York State Assemblyman Al Graf, and Town of Islip Receiver of Taxes Alexis Weik, with each giving some remarks. Representatives of the local VFW Post 433, led by Marc Gilbert, and American Legion Post 651 Commander Gary Vertichio conducted the ceremony. Private Johnson’s family, represented by his brother Paul Johnson, his sister Helen Newdale, his nephew William Johnson and William’s wife Laura, were honored with a fitting and appropriate ceremony to the sacrifice of Private Johnson and men and women past and current who have served the nation with dignity.

Blessings were offered by Rv. Mr. Patrick LaBella of St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church in Sayville, and Ray Tomich, Chaplain of the Smith-Weaver American Legion Post 651. Fairfield Properties received due recognition for their beautiful restoration of the Memorial. As anyone who has passed by this location knows, a change was long overdue.

Congratulations to all who helped to make this re-dedication possible and providing the Johnson family with a respectful ceremony consistent with Sayville traditions of honoring Veterans past and present.


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