Hempstead landmarks Lindbergh monument
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The Hempstead Town Board has officially landmarked a monument at the historic takeoff site of Charles Lindbergh's solo trans-Atlantic flight.
The board voted 6-0 at its meeting Tuesday to landmark the East Garden City monument at the historic site in Roosevelt Field, where Lindbergh took off May 20, 1927, in the Spirit of St. Louis, bound for Paris.
"It is my hope that future generations of children will stop, look at this monument, gaze upward to the heavens and be inspired to let their imaginations take flight as the future pioneers of aviation," Supervisor Kate Murray said.
The board approved the landmark designation based upon a June 11 recommendation from the town's Landmark Preservation Commission.
Hofstra University student Adam Sackowitz of Westbury has been working for more than a year to preserve and secure landmark status for the monument. "We are going to pass this today because of a young man who was persistent to preserve our history," Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby said.
Town officials and Sackowitz had been working to protect the monument, located within the Source Mall property, from development. In order to make alterations to a landmarked monument, property owners have to seek approval from the town's landmarks commission.
Sackowitz said he hopes the Long Island Aviation History Act reintroduced in May by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) makes the site a unit of the National Park Service system.
"We are not done," Sackowitz said. "I would like to see a national monument erected by the Charles Lindbergh site. I think it is just as important as the Grand Canyon and the Sagamore Hill site."