On Monday, May 10, 2021, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the Bronx Veterans’ Advisory Council co-hosted the annual Bronx Veterans’ Appreciation Day Breakfast, part of Bronx Week 2021.

The event honored veterans and community members advocating for veterans from every corner of The Bronx. This year’s honorees included veterans Chaplain Marisa Estrella, Owen P. Mangan, Adeyemi LaCrown TOBA, Herb Barret, Philip R. Cremins, and Veterans Advisory Council member Shawn Kingston. The event also featured remarks by Commissioner James Hendon from the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services and the National Anthem was performed by veteran Belinda Barnes.

“It’s an absolute privilege to recognize the men and women of our armed forces. Our veterans are an essential part of our community and they deserve to be honored. Their sacrifices allow us to celebrate them during Bronx Week. Blood, sweat, and tears have been shed in the fight to preserve our rights and freedoms. I am thrilled that this year, we were able to come together safely in person and virtually to recognize their contributions and say thank you,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.