Carroll Gardens marks Veterans Day

Still standing: William B. Harris, 96, of Park Slope, a major in the Army Air Corps from 1940 to 1945, pays his respects with his wife Lucille.
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Neighbors and pols gathered in Carroll Gardens on Tuesday morning to pay their respects to military veterans on Veterans Day.

One vet said he attended to give thanks to his buddies who never made it back.

“I think a lot about the guys who aren’t here,” said Nicholas Assante, a former Army sergeant who earned a Purple Heart fighting in the Vietnam War in 1968.

The reception former soldiers receive these days is a far cry from the anti-military-personnel sentiment that greeted returning Vietnam vets, he said.

“When we came home nobody welcomed us, but now people acknowledge it,” Assante said.

The guest of honor at the ceremony was Bill Harris, 96, a Scottish-born veteran who grew up in Carroll Gardens and fought in World War II. According to Joan D’Amico of the Court Street Merchants Association, who read Harris’s biography aloud, he flew over the Mediterranean Sea during the war, and remained in the Air Force reserves until 1975, when he retired as major.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Jay from NYC says:
Bravo Zulu, SGT Assante and MAJ Harris.
Nov. 12, 2014, 9:02 pm
B.D from Red Hook/Carroll Gardens says:
I commend them all for turning their backs. Not pledging Allegiance, not standing. It's a disgrace. Other vets let out their feelings. Not enough. Beliefs are over taking- not standing in stadiums or pleading the national anthem in school. Where or what are we headed for. It's America. Stand up to it. Same as our President to be Donald Trump- Respect him. As we have in the past with our President and former Presidents
Nov. 14, 2016, 1:54 pm

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