Honoring our veterans with an eternal flame

By Wendy Ladd

Veterans from all branches of the armed forces recently attended a dedication of a Veterans Memorial at the newly renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

(Photo: Keith Rooney, director of customer and community management and a Marine Veteran gives an inspiring speech at the dedication)

The memorial features a graceful sculpture honoring Long Island and United States veterans alike. The focal point is a dark granite oval, 19-and-a-half feet by 16-and-a-half feet in diameter. A constant source of water flows from the stone’s center and spreads over its surface to create an ’infinity edge.’ In the center of the oval, National Grid honors veterans with an eternal flame.  

The plaque in front of the eternal flame reads, “This fountain and its eternal flame, made possible by National Grid, is dedicated to all men and women who have served their country.”


“We are honored to light the Veteran’s Memorial Eternal flame in honor of all our veterans,” said Ken Daly, president of National Grid New York. “The memorial will serve as a reminder of our unending support to veterans and their contributions to our country. Our support of the flame, and the natural gas lamps that surround it, reflects the esteem with which we hold our veterans who work here at National Grid and in the Long Island communities that we proudly serve.”

left to right: Laura McNeill, Tom LePage, Keith Rooney, Lori Acker, Wendy Ladd

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