OCEAN CITY – Ocean City American Legion Post 524 welcomed another service member to “America’s Greatest Family Resort” May 18 when it honored Air Force Staff Sgt. Andre Pazmino and his family for a week’s vacation, courtesy of the organization’s Rest & Relaxation Program.
According to a release, the Pazmino family was honored during a lunchtime welcoming ceremony at Post 524, following a police and fire department motorcade and an escort into town by the Legion Riders.
The family will be given the use of a free condominium for the week, as well as a multitude of gifts from local Ocean City businesses as a way to say “Thank You for your service and sacrifice.”
“This is the sixth consecutive year that Ocean City’s American Legion Post 524 has hosted military service personnel and their families while they enjoy our shore community and its many amenities,” stated Jerry Bonner, chairman of the R&R Committee.
Staff Sgt. Pazmino is a 13-year veteran of the Air Force, and been deployed to Iraq and most recently Somalia, Africa. Serving out of Joint Base McGuire/Dix/Lakehurst, he is a resident of Queens, N.Y.
“I am truly appreciative of this honor and the generosity of the American Legion,” stated Pazmino. “This means so much to my family and me.”
Joining Pazmino in Ocean City is his 6-year old son, Mason, and his 5-year old daughter, Isabella.
Attending the ceremony at Morvay-Miley American Legion Post 524 located at 46th Street and West Avenue, was the staff sergeant’s mother, father and sister.
Many gifts, such as dinners at local restaurants and product baskets, as well as accommodations, such as free parking passes and free admission to the Cape May County Zoo, have been donated by Ocean City businesses.
During the week, Pazmino and his family received the keys to the city from Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian.
“The Veterans Rest & Relaxation Program began in 2013 as a way to pay tribute to servicemen and women for sacrifices made during their time in the military,” stated R&R Chairman Bonner. “Whenever military personnel are deployed, their families also share in that deployment and we support their efforts as well.”
Ocean City American Legion Post 524 has honored deployed veterans and their families with free week vacations since 2013.
stay in the know