It was heartwarming to read your article written by Kris DiLorenzo entitled “District approves property tax exemption for veterans” (Enterprise, April 30). I would like to take this opportunity to commend the school board for making this magnanimous gesture that demonstrates its acknowledgement of the sacrifice these veterans have made through their service to our country.
Unfortunately, the same spirit of nobility does not hold true for the Irvington School District. Irvington is designated as a “Purple Heart Village,” so it is perplexing that the school board has not approved a similar tax exemption for the veterans who live here. I have heard that in the past the school board has refused to grant an exemption, and I do find this response troubling. Those who have risked life and limb for the liberty and freedom of us all should be granted some element of gratitude and respect for their sacrifice.
I speak as the wife of a highly decorated Purple Heart recipient. His service to our country and those lives he fought to save while we he was an officer in the Marine Corps should indeed be acknowledged by the Irvington School Board. This is true for all the veterans living in the village. Hopefully, this letter to the editor will rally the community to encourage the school board to support those who have valiantly served their country. Perhaps as part of the Rivertowns, Irvington might consider following Dobbs Ferry’s lead by offering a gift of their own to say thank you to these brave individuals.