“The Spirit of St. Louis” lives on in Hempstead Town! Today, at a monument in Westbury that marks the town-landmarked take-off spot of Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 transatlantic flight, Supervisor Anthony J. Santino and New York State Assemblyman Ed Ra celebrated “Transatlantic Flight Day” and the 90th anniversary of the moment that made aviation history. Also attending were Hempstead Town Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and history enthusiast Adam Sackowitz.
Supervisor Santino also presented a Town of Hempstead Proclamation to Sackowitz in recognition of his dedicated efforts to educate the public on the local history and global significance of Lindbergh’s flight.
“The story of Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 transatlantic flight is known throughout the world, but not everyone knows he began his journey by lifting off right here in America’s largest township,” stated Supervisor Santino. “The Town of Hempstead is proud to commemorate ‘Transatlantic Flight Day’ and the 90th anniversary of Lindbergh’s historic flight.”
In July 2013, the Town of Hempstead landmarked the Lindbergh take-off site, which is located just outside a parking garage at The Mall at the Source in Westbury. Landmark status protects the monument from any alterations without permission from the town. The town also worked closely with New York State Assemblyman Ed Ra, who passed legislation in Albany to declare May 20th as “Transatlantic Flight Day in New York.”
“I am proud to have played a role in preserving an important piece of aviation history,” said Assemblyman Ra. “I have passed a resolution in the New York State Assembly, declaring May 20th ‘Transatlantic Flight Day,’ memorializing the achievement of Charles Lindbergh and Hempstead Town’s role in this important historical monument.”
“I am proud to partner with Supervisor Santino to mark the 90th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s historic transatlantic flight,” added Senior Councilwoman Goosby. “What’s more, this landmarked monument will help educate our youth for generations to come.”
“Charles Lindbergh’s journey is a large part of the rich and treasured history we have here in America’s largest township,” said Councilman D’Esposito. “It is an honor to be a part of the 90th anniversary celebration.”
Lindbergh’s flight took place on May 20, 1927. He took off from the Westbury location after gunning his “Spirit of St. Louis” plane down a muddy runway, barely clearing low-hanging telephone wires. Thirty-three hours and 3,500 miles later, he landed safely in Paris.
“The legacy of Charles Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight lives on even after 90 years,” concluded Santino. “I would like to thank my colleagues on the Hempstead Town Board, Assemblyman Ed Ra, Adam Sackowitz and all the men and women who helped preserve this piece of Hempstead Town history.”