A proposal was introduced, by Tom Regan on September 11, 2012; at the Joseph E. Zaloga American Legion Post 1520's Gen'L Mtg in Albany, NY. Gene Loparco joined & partnered with fellow Legionnaire, Tom, on this worthwhile project. Named, "Operation: Please Remember Me", we had one GOAL.....to Honor & Remember those veterans that made the supreme sacrifice for our freedom. We know that freedom is never free - they will not be forgotten. As of 1/1/2019, there are over 1,900 Capital Region men and women, who died since World War 1.
Also, as of January 1, 2019; we are now known as, "Please Remember Me Foundation"; a 501 (c) (3); Non-Profit trust fund, through the kindness and support of TrustCo Bank. Same GOAL.....to Honor & Remember Veterans, who died for our freedom. A SPECIAL "Thank You" to Tri-County Council Vietnam Era Veterans' President, Joe Pollicino & membership, for welcoming us "under their wings", for the past 6 years.
History: The "Community", was present at 5/7/13's Blessing of the 125 Flags; & on
5/18/13, at the First Annual Gold Star Family Motorcade Procession, at 12 Noon
(started at Comedy Works Parking Lot ), on (Northern Blvd. (“Henry Johnson Blvd.”), opposite Memorial Hospital) & proceeded along Route 9 (originally known as, "The Military Highway"), a 4 mile journey thru Loudonville & Latham, to view these wonderful flags - a patriotic sight. (Flags were raised by National Grid on utility Poles. Presently, there are 153 displayed from early May to late July). Honor
Guards from local organizations & schools, will man each post. Note:May 14, 2016
was our 4th Annual Gold Star Mothers & Families Motorcade; & last motorcade.
There were many events & the GSM's were very busy. Maybe, in the future; the motorcade could be continued. Thank You and God Bless America!
NOTE: The following, are "Please Remember Me" photos, future information and veteran events = 1) Our LOGO photo. 2) The POW/MIA Table photo and 3) POW/MIA dialogue. 2) On 11/8/13, Gene Loparco is speaking at Mechanicville Elem Sch, as a Vietnam Vet for Veterans Day. 4) On 11/9/13, the USMC Ball in Albany, is attended by many. 2/4/14's Award Presentation to Tom Regan by Capital Bank's President, Anders Tomson & WTEN 10's Ann Madeo; for that month's "Capital Hero". Also, Tom's wife, Barbara attended the presentation at the Joseph E. Zaloga American Legion Post 1520 during the Tri-County Council Vietnam Era Veterans General Meeting. Tom received a $500 check for Please Remember Me's project. Thank you! 5) NY Gold Star Mothers with Reps. from the 50th Vietnam Anniversary project from Washington, DC. It was the FIRST presentation to any VN Mothers in the US. 6) 5/4/14, National Grid's trucks leaving Route 9, after raising the 125 flags, 7) NY's #111 District, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara & Gene Loparco, are prepping for our TV interview segment, 8) 5/17/14's 2nd Annual Gold Star Mothers' Family Motorcade & afterwards; unveiling the 3 framed-flag photos that were to be presented to our SPONSORS: Trustco Bank, National Grid & the IBEW Local 97 for their support in Please Remember Me's success. 9-11) The last 3 photos from Albany's 11/11/14 Veterans Day Parade.
REMINDER: GO visit our other Website: PleaseRememberMe.ORG for other INFO. Also, check out Gene's FACEBOOK site for photos. Please, add: Gene Loparco - as your Facebook friend, to view future photos & events. Email me, Gene Loparco at email@example.com - Peace and Thank You.
NOTE: You may make a donation at any TrustCo Bank Branch; for "Please
Remember Me FOUNDATION" or mail your check to: Gene Loparco, Secretary-Treasurer, 22 Furlong Dr.; Albany, NY 12205. You will receive a “Thank You” letter from Gene and TrustCo Bank will give you a "Teller's Receipt".
Albany's Veterans Day Parade: call Tom (518) 229-3182 or Gene (518) 265-0242 for volunteering to be a“Flag Bearer”. We'll meet, at 10 AM, at Partridge St. and Central Ave. intersection (opposite Burger King). Everyone is Welcome to join us.
The FOLLOWING are LINKS or FACEBOOK sites for Veterans Organizations:
(1) American Legion = http://ZalogaPost1520.org
(2) US Marines = http://mcleague.com/mdp/userpages/Capt_Wm_Dale_Obrien-676.php
(3) Tri-County Council Vietnam Era Veterans = http://tccvev.com
(4) Robert L. Weininger Memorial Post VFW (Colonie) Post 8692 = http://www.fvfwpost8692.com
(5) AMVETS 35 NY = Facebook
(6) Capital Region of NY - Veterans' News = Facebook