Tom Regan, Gene Loparco and Joe Pollicino stand with one of the mourning flags they hope to place in the Town of Colonie for Memorial Day.
Photo by Zan Strumfeld.
continued Regan also stressed that it’s more than possible the list of names they have is not complete. Also, more often than not, soldiers from the area have died and are never honored in their hometown.
“This is the fog of war. You just get lost in the shuffle, nobody knows. You’re in a situation where you give your life for your country and nobody even knows you were from Albany,” Regan said.
He said he’s hoping family members will come forward if they want someone honored they don't already know about. Regan said they hope to get a website with a list of the names up soon, but the team consists of more “door-to-door guys.”
“We don’t know how to reach out electronically yet,” he said.
As a brand new project and with only a few months to raise a significant amount of money, the men are fairly confident they’ll raise all the funds they’ll need.
“We’re gonna get it done. Every flag will be bought. I can guarantee that. There will be 140 flags that will be flying on the date we put them up,” Pollicino said.
To donate to “Operation: Please Remember Me,” make checks payable to Please Remember Me and mail them to Trustco Bank, Newton Plaza Office at 602 New Loudon Road, Latham, NY 12110. For more information on the project or if you know someone who should be honored, email firstname.lastname@example.org.