LINDENHURST, NY – The Town of Babylon recently honored 10-year-old West Babylon resident Tyler Sullo for his exceptional service to veterans in the community. Tyler, the student body president of Forest Avenue Elementary School, declared helping local veterans to be a part of his electoral platform. Inspired by his veteran grandparents and those in his community, he fulfilled this goal through his organization of a heartwarming dinner to benefit veterans.
“In West Babylon, we are lucky to have great people like Tyler who make up our community to help all of our organizations run,” said Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer. “That is what living in the Town of Babylon is all about.”
Tyler organized a free February 13 dinner for veterans that not only provided a delicious meal of spaghetti and meatball but a sense of togetherness and gratitude near Valentine’s Day and $1,000 raised for American Legion Post 1634 in West Babylon as well. Tyler and his family coordinated with over two dozen local businesses to secure items for 29 raffled-off gift baskets, and funds were also raised through a 50/50 raffle. American Legion Post 1634 was incredibly grateful for the funds, which will help maintain the building and its services to veterans, including crucial veterans support groups.
In a ceremony, the Town of Babylon Board presented Tyler with a certificate of appreciation, and American Legion Post 1634 bestowed him with an outstanding service award. “It goes without saying that this is a tremendous thing to do, particularly for someone of his age,” said Chair of the Town of Babylon Veterans Advisory Council and Councilman DuWayne Gregory. “As a veteran, I am grateful to Tyler for recognizing the need to help our veterans and the incredible impact he can have.”
Watch the Ceremony before the March 15 meeting