Central Islip Honors Our Grand Marshal

Central Islip Honors Our Grand Marshal
Posted on 05/29/2024
Central Islip Honors Our Grand Marshal
In keeping with tradition in the wake of the passing of Memorial Day Parade co-founder and co-chair Norman Wagner, the Central Islip Community gathered to remember those who have fought or made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the freedoms that we, as Americans, enjoy today. It was most fitting that the Central Islip Community convened to honor this year's Grand Marshal, Colonel Jack Cassidy. Mr. Cassidy was born and raised in Central Islip. After he graduated college, Mr. Cassidy enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served as a member of the elite recon unit. He led a raid which freed South Vietnamese soldiers from a Vietcong POW Camp. Mr. Cassidy served our country for a span of more than three decades on active duty and on reserve time. For his heroic actions, Mr. Cassidy was awarded the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, The Purple Heart, and 17 additional United States and foreign decorations. He retired from the Armed Forces as a full Colonel.

Following his service to our country in 1969, Mr. Cassidy returned to his hometown to teach and coach in Central Islip. He would eventually be named Principal of the Reed Junior High School. Mr. Cassidy's educational and administrative service to the Central Islip Community spanned over thirty years. 

Jack has been married to his wife, Susan, for 29 years. They have three children, and four grandchildren. 

The Central Islip Community proudly salutes Colonel Jack Cassidy.
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