Cook Memorial renovated and rededicated

A memorial on McDonald Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway honoringCongressional Medal of Honor recipient and late Windsor Terraceresident Colonel Donald Cook, is getting a facelift.

On the morning of November 11 — Veterans Day – local leadersand area residents assembled to rededicate the Cook Memorial. Theceremony commemorated the monument’s renovation, which began thatday, and includes a new plaque and flagpole.

Colonel Donald G. Cook…represented the very best of Brooklynand was a true American hero who made the ultimate sacrificedefending the freedoms we all enjoy nearly 50 years later, saidBorough President Marty Markowitz. The improvements made to thememorial and park that are named for Colonel Cook…are a wonderfultribute to his legacy, and a permanent reminder for us all ofColonel Cook’s bravery and selfless dedication to our greatnation.

A member of the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, Cook diedin captivity as a prisoner of war in 1967. He posthumously receivedthe Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery in assisting otherprisoners at the risk of his own safety.

The day’s guests included Brooklyn Parks Commissioner KevinJeffrey, Co-Chair of Operation Warrior Wellness Ed Schloeman andAssemblymember James Brennan.

It is time that we have a memorial that properly honors thisheroic individual. Brennan said.

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