The Museum of American Armor in Old Bethpage announced that Stop & Shop Supermarket Company and its Hicksville store were the recipients of the American Heritage Award for 2015 in recognition of their sustained support of programs that honor those who have worn the nation’s military uniform within the largest veterans population in the United States.
A longtime supporter of the Museum of American Armor, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano stated, “Stop & Shop’s sponsorship of programs at this world class educational destination provides a compelling opportunity to pay tribute to the heroes in our own families. This museum is particularly unique as its collection of 30 operational vehicles creates powerful interactive programs that bring our nation’s heritage to life. Stop & Shop has the gratitude of countless veterans and their families.”
Among the programs sponsored by Stop & Shop during 2015 was a play presented at the museum entitled A Piece of my Heart, which offered a compassionate look at women who served in Vietnam, as well as a program that honored the men and women of the Fighting 69th Regiment based on Long Island.
The museum is a 501(C3) state chartered nonprofit housing over 30 operational armored vehicles within the broad context of telling the story of the American soldier. It has won awards from the Council on the Social Studies, and has been cited by New York State Regent Roger Tilles and History Channel Chief Historian Emeritus Dr. Libby O’Connell for its role as an interactive educational institution.
The museum is on the grounds of Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage, and is open all year. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children (5-12), seniors, veterans and volunteer firefighters.
For more information call 516-454-8265 or visit www.museumofamericanarmor.org.
—Submitted by Stop & Shop