Hampton Bays Honors Veterans

The Hampton Bays School District continued its tradition of honoring local veterans by hosting a flag ceremony in honor of Nick Lombardi on March 14 at the elementary school.

Mr. Lombardi, an Army veteran who was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Occupation Medal (Germany) has lived in Hampton Bays for decades, first as a seasonal visitor and later as a full-time resident. The former art director is the father of four children and grandfather of five. He and his wife, Laurel, decided to make the hamlet their permanent home in 2001.

District Superintendent Lars Clemensen said he has immense respect for the former adjutant for Hand-Aldrich Post 924 of the American Legion, a position to which he was elected and held for 10 years.

“Not only is he a true local hero, we also know Nick as ‘the scholarship guy.’” Mr. Clemensen said of Mr. Lombardi’s duties with Post 924 in relation to the Patriot’s Pen and Voices of Democracy contests. “He’s always kind and gracious to our students and we are so proud to recognize him for his service to our country and his contributions to Hampton Bays.”

Senior Kassandra Phillips, the Suffolk County second-place winner for her Voices of Democracy entry, led the Pledge of Allegiance and later read her prize-winning essay. Daniella Greene, Laura Maila, Laura Zaweski and performed the National Anthem on stringed instruments.

The monthly recognition ceremony was attended by family and friends of Mr. Lombardi, February honoree John Wourgola, members of the American Legion Hand-Aldrich Post 924, members of the VFW Post 5350, Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman and Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst.