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SYOSSET, NY — As the new coronavirus crisis armament Continued Island nursing homes to able bottomward on visitors and accomplish austere amusing distancing, Kim Rampanelli and her daughter, Nicole Rampanelli, 18, banned to let that stop them from adulatory the altogether of a admired affiliate of the community.
On Friday, Gus Scutari, angry 99 at Cold Springs Hills Nursing & Rehab in Woodbury. If his name sounds familiar, it should. As a affiliate of the New York Senate’s “Veterans Hall of Fame,” Scatari is unapologetically patriotic. During WWII, he was aloof 24 years old back a kamikaze even addled his address and instantly dead 14 of his abutting comrades. From that day on, he’s never taken activity for accepted and has remained an important accoutrement in Syosset.
“It was so important for my babe and I to ambition Gus a blessed altogether because he was axis 99 years old. He is additionally a fable in our boondocks of Syosset,” Kim told Patch. “We accept had a able accord with him for the accomplished 10 years at the Memorial Day array area my babe sings.”
According to Kim, over the years, he’s become somewhat of a fan of her daughter, who’s been singing at bounded boondocks contest for a little added than a decade. His admired tunes? Anything to do with the USA, of course.
“When he calls us, he consistently asks Nicole to sing the civic canticle and ‘God Bless America,'” she said.
With the coronavirus crisis banishment abounding bodies to abolish contest or bless huge milestones in nontraditional ways, Scutari’s altogether was no exception. On Friday, he spent his altogether with his wife and nurses. A brick bank may accept afar them, but Kim and her babe additionally abutting the anniversary from alfresco his nursing home window.
“I alleged the Cold Springs Hills Nursing & Rehab and batten to a assistant on his floor, the Sagamore floor, which was the attic my grandma was additionally on,” she said. “I proceeded to acquaint the nurse, we were in the parking lot and capital to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to him.”
The mother and babe acclaimed Scutari’s big day the best way they knew how beneath the circumstances. From alfresco his room, the two captivated up a ample assurance that apprehend ‘Happy 99th Birthday, Gus’ while audibly singing to him.
“When he started bouncing the American flag, I absent it,” Kim said. “At least, we apperceive this altogether bulletin will and has brightened his day and his wife’s. God Bless America.”
“When you see a man or woman in military, abnormally abutting ages as we access Memorial Day, try to address them and acknowledge them for angry for our country,” added Kim’s daughter, Nicole.
The anniversary didn’t stop there. According to Kim, she and her babe delivered 50 pretzels to the nurses on Scutari’s attic as a way of adage ‘thank you’ for the continued hours they’ve been alive to affliction for the aged during the coronavirus outbreak.
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This commodity originally appeared on the Syosset Patch