PGR AAR – Sgt Anthony Mangano mission 6/30/08

It was an honor to be able to take part in my first PGR memorial mission honoring Sgt Anthony L. Mangano of Long Island who was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq on June 21, 2008. I am sure that Sergeant Mangano would be pleased at the brave, resolute yet emotional sendoff he received from his family and friends. Representatives of the New York State Police, Suffolk and Nassau County Police, Members of the NY State National Guard, and ourselves, the Patriot Guard were all there.

The long motorcade and ceremony at the National Cemetery came off without a hitch due in no small part to the efforts of the Suffolk County Police and the Army representatives coordinating the services.

Four Fire districts arranged their tower ladders in an impressive display outside the entrance to the National Cemetery with huge flags suspended in air between the ladders. Uniformed firemen and police stood at attention holding salutes while Sgt. Mangano, his family and friends and the entire motorcade passed by. It was a tremendously moving show of respect for our fallen hero that will forever remain in my memory.

My few pictures of the event are here.

I took no pictures during the flag line as it was important to me to dedicate that time in silent prayer for Sgt, Mangano, all of our fallen heroes and all who are standing for us to protect our freedom around the world.

It was also an honor to meet so many of the Patriot Guard who have been standing in respect to honor these men and women.

Rest in Peace Sgt. Mangano, your mission is complete.

Media report from Newsday.
Media report from News12 Long Island.

Dan Maloney
NY State Coordinator
Gathering of Eagles


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