tax day, hooray!

it’s tax day! johnny used to always say every quarter “i’m a lucky man to have to pay taxes. when i was a kid in Brooklyn during the depression i used to collect rags with my cousin eddie to sell for a few cents.”
IMG_5975 (here they are all grown up on Ed’s wedding day)

he went on to do a lot of different things in his life, but nothing brought him greater joy than being a member of the FDNY. he loved being a public servant and was grateful for the opportunity to be a part of a (then) brotherhood who cared for him well after his retirement in 1973. he was so proud of the men he worked with, and we were so grateful for their support after he died.
IMG_0681 (the three of us on our wedding day)

we miss you, johnny. we wish you were here with us today to toast paying taxes and all the people and services they support. in honor of him, we extend our thanks to all of you who pay your taxes, and all of you who serve the public- teachers, first responders, health care workers, municipal, state and federal employees, grant writers and the countless others who receive some compensation from our tax dollars. thank you.

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