The City of Glen Cove held a Veterans Day ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 11, in front of the Doughboy Monument by the Glen Cove Library, an annual event intended to recognize and honor the sacrifices made by the country’s veterans. Every year, as per city tradition, a special honoree is recognized. This year’s honoree was Master Sergeant Christina M. Noon, the first woman to be recognized as a Glen Cove Veterans Day honoree and the first female member of the VFW James Donohue Post 347.
“Our 2015 Veterans Day honoree represents the critical importance of diversity in our military services, the commitment of an individual to soar in their dedication to their county and military and a parent whose accomplishments set the precedent for the importance of leadership and compassion,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello. “Noon is a born leader and a strong role model for thousands of enlisted men and women who serve our country here and afar—all in the name of peace and freedom.”
Noon was born in Glen Cove and enlisted in the Army National Guard in February 1998. She graduated from the Avionic Mechanic Course at Fort Eustis, VA, in March 1999, went on to the Air National Guard in February 2002 and then attended the Security Forces Academy in Texas.
Graduating in 2002, Noon’s assignments have included the Civil Engineering Squadron, Knowledge Operations Manager and a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She is currently a First Sergeant, 106th OG in Westhampton Beach.
Spinello said that Noon’s contributions to the military have been recognized with many awards and commendations, including an Air Force Commendation Medal, a Meritorious Unit Award, an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters and an Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters. Noon is also the recipient of the Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the NATO Medal.
Spinello and Commander Joseph Lavery of the VFW James Donohue Post 347 also presented Noon with special citations at the event. Noon said she was humbled and honored by the recognition and thanked the mayor and the VFW. Her father, World War II veteran and former POW, Lou Noon, presented his daughter with a bouquet of flowers. Noon also encouraged the crowd to get involved with the veteran community by visiting a VA Hospital.
“For those veterans with us today and to our veteran friends who have passed, we stand strong and humbled as we acknowledge the sacrifices you have made, the adversity you have faced, the tenacity you have demonstrated and the courage you have shown in the face of the enemy,” said Spinello. “On behalf of the City of Glen Cove, we thank you for your service, your heroism and valor.”