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Father Capodanno Memorial map_it

  • Location: Seaside Blvd., (Capodanno Blvd), Sand Lane
  • Description: Tablet recessed in granite stele
  • Materials: Granite, steel, bronze
  • Dimensions: Stele H: 8' W:4' D:1'6"; Tablet H: 5' W: 2 ½"
  • Dedicated: July 3, 1976
  • Donor: Knights of Columbus/Madonna Council
  • Inscription: IN MEMORY OF / LIEUTENANT VINCENT R. CAPODANNO / CHAPLAINS CORPS / UNITED STATES NAVAL RESERVE / WHO GALLANTLY GAVE HIS LIFE IN THE CAUSE / OF FREEDOM ALTHOUGH HIS ONLY WEAPON / WAS FAITH. --- / LIEUTENANT CAPODANNO, A CATHOLIC CHAPLAIN, WAS BORN / ON STATEN ISLAND ON FEBRUARY 13, 1929. HE WAS / POSTHUMOUSLY PRESENTED THIS NATION'S HIGHEST / AWARD FOR HEROISM -- THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF / HONOR -- FOR HIS ACTIONS ON A BATTLEFIELD IN THE / REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM WHERE, ON SEPTEMBER 4, 1967, / HE WAS MORTALLY WOUNDED WHILE GIVING MEDICAL AID / AND ADMINISTERING LAST RITES TO HIS WOUNDED AND / DYING COMRADES OF THE 3RD BATTALION, 5TH REGIMENT, / 1ST UNITED STATES MARINE DIVISION. FATHER CAPODANNO / DIED IN THE MANNER WHICH HE HAD LIVED -- / UNSELFISHLY SERVING GOD, HIS COUNTRY AND HIS / FELLOW MAN. / --- / ERECTED BY / MADONNA COUNCIL NO. 5915, KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS. / THROUGH THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE PEOPLE OF / STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK, AND DEDICATED JULY 3, 1976. / ON THE EVE OF THE BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF / THE FOUNDING OF THE NATION WHICH HE SO / HONORABLY SERVED. /

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BeachesMidland Beach and Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk

The Midland Beach Entry Plaza will create a new public open space that will connect the community, boardwalk, promenade and beach. A decorative fountain with cascading waves of water will provide a focal point for the entrance to the beach promenade. In the central space of the plaza there will be a pattern of colored pavements with a series of interactive spray showers that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. The entry plaza will also provide new drinking fountains, benches and colorful native plantings. A 104-space parking area, designed to include sustainable practices, will collect stormwater in a series of inter-connected rain gardens. The gardens will filter the water to an underground detention system that will recharge the groundwater. This work will take place on the land located at Father Capodanno Blvd & Seaview Ave in Midland Beach.
Anticipated Completion: Summer 2014

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