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Letter: Preserve LI aviation history

Adam Sackowitz, 20, of Westbury is shown at

Adam Sackowitz, 20, of Westbury is shown at Mall at the Source in Westbury, in front of the Charles Lindbergh's flight to Paris monument. (Aug. 17, 2012) Credit: Chris Ware

Three cheers for Adam Sackowitz, a student in Hofstra University's American Studies program, for his efforts to save a monument to Charles Lindbergh's famous New York-to-Paris flight from Roosevelt Field ["Preserving Lindbergh landmark," News, Aug. 27].

There was, until the 1990s, a monument to that flight erected by the Woodmen of the World, a fraternal benefit society, of which I was the Nassau County president in the 1970s.

Apparently during construction along Merrick Avenue, that monument somehow was lost.

The aviation history of Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties is rich but not terribly well-protected. An upgrading of the level of protection of that heritage is definitely overdue. In Farmingdale, the 56th Fighter Group Restaurant recently closed. What will happen to the artifacts and memorabilia there?

Many aviation and aviation-related sites are not even marked, or they are acknowledged in a cursory fashion. A more comprehensive and coordinated approach would make certain that this era in American and world history is preserved and maintained.

John Joseph Budnick, Massapequa Park


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