Veteran tribute ceremony at Islip train station

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Led by David Morrison, retired LIRR branch line manager, on Dec. 6, the Islip train station held a tribute ceremony for Bernardino (Dino) F. Genchi. The small wood station was built on posts in 1867. By 1881, a larger structure was erected and by 1963, the present colonial-style building was dedicated. The building, Morrison said, is special in the history of the LIRR due to Genchi’s personal legacy. In 1963, when the building was dedicated, he also installed his steam locomotive-style weathervane on the station’s cupola. He then solidified his legacy by sacrificing his life for his country on July 22, 1969. Those who remember him remember him as a fun-loving guy who loved cars. “Whenever you look at the Islip station building—think of Dino,” he added.

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