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Hempstead Town officials to rally for annual Lindbergh flight day

1927: Charles Lindbergh works on the engine of

1927: Charles Lindbergh works on the engine of the Spirit of St. Louis, which departed from Roosevelt Field in Garden City on the world's first trans-Atlantic flight later that year. Credit: Library of Congress

Hempstead officials plan to gather at the site of Charles Lindbergh’s historic flight to Paris on Monday to rally for the state to designate May 20 as “Trans-Atlantic Flight Day in New York.”

Assemb. Edward Ra (R-Franklin Square) intends to submit a resolution calling for the designation. Lindbergh flew to Paris from Roosevelt Field on May 20, 1927, the first solo nonstop trans-Atlantic flight.

Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, town tax receiver Don Clavin and Cradle of Aviation Museum representatives are expected to rally at the intersection of Transverse Drive and Source Mall Drive in East Garden City at 11 a.m. The corner is the site of a stone monument commemorating Lindbergh’s flight.

Westbury resident Adam Sackowitz, who is campaigning for the preservation of the monument site, is expected to join the group.

Murray “will voice her support for the resolution, as well as detail the town's ongoing efforts to landmark the site from where Lindbergh's plane took off,” Hempstead officials said in a statement.

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