Street Naming Ceremony Honors Fallen Hero Army PFC Luis A. Moreno

Gonzalo Duran
Published on June 10, 2023, 9:29 pm
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On Saturday, June 10, 2023, a ceremonial event unfolded between Fordham Road and Grand Concourse as Mayor Adams, alongside other elected officials, nonprofits, and the family and friends of Army Private First Class (PFC) Luis A. Moreno, gathered to dedicate a street in his honor.

Mayor Adams acknowledged the profound sacrifice made by PFC Moreno, emphasizing that his legacy serves as a reminder of the precious freedoms defended with his blood. Amidst the grief, Mayor Adams urged the community to reflect on the invaluable gift of liberty bestowed by heroes like PFC Moreno.

Hailing from the Dominican Republic, PFC Moreno harbored aspirations of joining the New York Police Department, a dream tragically cut short when he was fatally shot in the line of duty in Baghdad, Iraq, on January 29, 2004, at the tender age of 19.

Representing the Moreno family, Manuel Moreno expressed profound pride in his brother’s enduring legacy, remarking that witnessing his name unveiled on the street sign evoked a sense of his presence among them.

The initiative for this heartfelt tribute was led by the Dominicans Veterans of America, with President Sammy Ravelo underscoring the collective celebration of PFC Moreno’s life and service. Ravelo acknowledged the collaborative efforts of Councilwoman Pierina Sanchez, other elected officials, and various organizations, including Devil Dog USA Incorporated, the American Legion, Crotona Cadet Corps, and EpicRev Vision, in orchestrating the ceremony.

A representative from Devil Dog USA Incorporated highlighted the symbolic significance of the street naming, affirming it as a testament to the community’s unwavering respect for its fallen heroes. “Let this intersection be a shining example of the love for our veterans”.

Patrick McManus, Chairman of the Bronx County Conservative Party, praised PFC Moreno’s journey and his unforgettable mark on American society, underscoring his contribution as a testament to the enriching tapestry of immigrant experiences in the United States. “I am very proud of PFC Moreno, and I am glad I was able to help out in today’s event.”

Reflecting on her uncle’s legacy, Mallari Moreno expressed regret at not having had the opportunity to meet him but found solace in the cherished memories shared by others. She expressed her intention to guide others to her uncle’s street, Fordham Road and Grand Concourse, ensuring that his memory lives on in the hearts of all who travel through the intersection.

Gonzalo Duran
As a seasoned professional in both the military and civic realms, Gonzalo Duran brings a wealth of experience to his role as the Chief Executive Officer of Devil Dog USA Incorporated. A former United States Marine Sergeant, he not only leads a non-profit dedicated to supporting Veterans’ reintegration but also holds key positions in Bronx County’s political landscape, including Vice Chairman of the Bronx County Conservative Party and (C) District Leader for the 79th Assembly District. With over a decade as a CEO, Gonzalo is a multifaceted contributor to his community, excelling as an access producer, talk show host, columnist, chaplain, and advocate.