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7/11/2019 - Lupinacci, Berland Offer 90th Birthday Remembrance of Anne Frank

Melville - Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci and Suffolk County Legislator Susan A. Berland co-hosted the Town’s 9th Annual Anne Frank Memorial Ceremony on Sunday June 23 at Arboretum Park, featuring guest speaker and Holocaust survivor Meir Ursherovitz.


“We, as residents of the Town of Huntington, should follow the courage and solidarity Anne and her family demonstrated,” said Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci. “As we celebrate Anne Frank’s 90th birthday, we should reflect on how lucky we are to live in a free country where we are not persecuted because of our religious beliefs.”


“I am proud to collaborate with Supervisor Lupinacci and the Town of Huntington to continue this annual ceremony that I began nine years ago,” said Legislator Susan A. Berland. “Anne Frank is a symbol of resilience and lost innocence, and her story speaks of life, love and humanity. These ideals need to be preserved and promoted, now more than ever, and the Anne Frank Memorial Ceremony is the perfect venue to do just that.”


Also in attendance for the ceremony were Assemblyman Andrew Raia, Receiver of Taxes Jillian Guthman, and Deputy Town Clerk Stacy Colamussi representing Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia.


Commander Harry Arlin and members of Jewish War Veterans Post #488 offered the presentation of colors and flag-raising. Rabbi Susie Henson Moskowitz of Temple Beth Torah delivered the invocation and benediction. Musical selections were performed by Cantor Sarene Appelbaum of Temple Beth Torah. Guest speaker Meir Usherovitz delivered a moving speech with his wife, Doris, by his side, recounting his story as a survivor of multiple Nazi concentration camps.


Attendees of the ceremony were invited to walk through the Anne Frank Memorial Garden and enjoy refreshments donated by Hummel Hummel Bakery, 572 Larkfield Road, East Northport and 7-Eleven, 733 Park Avenue, Huntington.


Anne Frank was a Jewish teenage girl forced into hiding during the Holocaust; she is widely known for the diary she kept which not only exposed the horrors of the war, but also tended to the relatable problems of being a young adult.


The Anne Frank Memorial Garden features a circular pathway surrounding the garden that leads to the sculpture of a young girl’s dress. The Memorial Garden serves as tribute to Anne’s legacy and offers a space for remembering those who suffered and perished in the Holocaust.


In the photo (l-r): Cantor Sarene Appelbaum; Rabbi Susie Heneson Moskowitz; Receiver of Taxes Jillian Guthman; Assemblyman Andrew Raia; Legislator Susan A. Berland; Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci; Meir Usherovitz; Doris Usherovitz; Deputy Town Clerk Stacy Colamussi.