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January 11, 2013 15 Comments

A proposal was introduced, by Legionnaire, Tom Regan on September 11, 2012; at Albany, NY's Joseph E. Zaloga American Legion Post 1520. This project is called, "Operation: Please Remember Me".

We will HONOR those Capital Region Veterans, who served in World War II to the present "Overseas Operations" AND who paid the supreme sacrifice, their lives for our freedom.

Flags will be raised on 120 utility poles, with solar lights from Memorial Day to July 4th, each year. On, May 18, 2013, at 12 Noon, the First Annual Observance for these HEROES; a motorcade procession of vehicles and Veteran bikers from local organizations; led by the Gold Star Mothers, Fathers and Gold Star Family Members, will proceed along Route 9 (originally known as, "The Military Highway"), for four miles, to view this wonderful and patriotic sight. Honor Guards from local organizations and schools, will man each post. This will be a solemn & respectful journey. ALL are welcome to attend, as bystanders. 

This operation will inspire those who have forgotten these veterans or did not know them. Some of us, lost relatives or friends, during these wars. Let us not forget them!

This project is sponsored by the Tri-County Council of Vietnam Era Veterans.

For Tax Deductible donations; please make checks payable to: "Please Remember Me" and mail to either 1) Trustco Bank - Newton Plaza Office; 602 New Loudon Rd; Latham, NY 12110 or 2) TCCCVEV, PO Box 11100; Albany, NY 12211. Also, 3) c/o Gene Loparco, Secretary/Treas.; 22 Furlong Dr., Albany, NY 12205.

If, you're visiting any Trustco Branch; you may make a donation with any Teller. Thank You and God Bless America!

Any excess will be used for the restoration for Albany County’s Vietnam Memorial; located in Lafayette Park, opposite the NY State Capitol Building.

If, you have any questions; please, feel free to email Gene Loparco, at: or make a comment on this site.



  • Andy Caroline - January 31, 2013 3:49 PM

    What a great site- an honor to those who have served and sacrificed! We all need to remember that our freedom is not a right, but instead, a privilege. Thank you to all who have served and especially to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. God Bless each and every one of you and your families. You will never be forgotten and America will be forever in your debt!

  • Pamela - May 17, 2013 7:20 AM

    Where does the procession begin? Near Memorial Hospital? Or 155? I definitely want to attend.

  • Pamela - May 17, 2013 7:20 AM

    Where does the procession begin? Near Memorial Hospital? Or 155? I definitely want to attend.

  • PJH - May 18, 2013 6:16 PM

    Thanks for hosting and organizing this event. We watched the procession along with our young children and their friends as you passed in front of our home in Loudonville. Your hard work and dedication is evident and we support your cause 100%. Looking forward to the event next year.

    • Gene Loparco - May 28, 2013 1:41 PM

      Thank you, PJH. If, you give me a description of you or attendees; maybe, I took you photo via the RED convertible. My wife, Linda & I, took many photos & I'd love to send, if any. Yes, this will be annually; flags will be view ONLY til, within a wk AFTER July 4th. Whenever, Nat'l Grid's schedule permits. All volunteers! Peace.

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