My Mission

I firmly believe that our first duty as Americans and people of the world is to remember the sacrifices of others. Sports broadcasting gave me my voice. Now, I’m using that voice and all of the skills that I have learned to honor the heroes of history. By eternalizing the stories of these individuals, I hope that I can remind everyone why we should never take anything in this life for granted. As time goes on, this website will serve as a resource for all generations to understand why we must always honor the ultimate symbols of our freedom.   



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The Battle of White Plains

On October 28, 1776, American troops commanded by General George Washington faced off against British forces under General Lord William Howe at the Battle of White Plains. The engagement ended in defeat for Washington and his young army as they continued to retreat from New York City following a series of British victories earlier that summer. In the early stages of the Revolutionary War, it was essential for Washington to preserve his army. Most times that meant stalling the enemy long enough to allow for an orderly evacuation of troops and living to fight another day. At the Battle of White Plains, General Washington adopted this strategy as his forces made a stand on a stretch of high gro

Iona and Army Come Together for Hurricane Relief Exhibition Game

On October 24, 2017, Iona Men's Basketball welcomed the Army Black Knights in an exhibition game to raise money for hurricane relief efforts in Florida, Puerto Rico, and Texas. Iona's Athletic Department managed to raise $3,000, with all proceeds being donated to helping those affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

U.S. Army Veteran Gary M. Rose is Awarded the Medal of Honor

On October 23, 2017, United States Army veteran Captain Gary M. Rose was presented the Medal of Honor by President Donald J. Trump in a ceremony at the White House. The United States military’s highest decoration comes to Rose 47 years after he distinguished himself as a medic during a four-day operation in the Vietnam War. A video of Gary M. Rose's Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House. (Video Credit: Fox News) In September, it was announced that Rose’s Distinguished Service Cross would be upgraded to the Medal of Honor. When the news broke, Rose gave credit to all the soldiers he served with in the Army’s Military Assistance Command and Observations Group, a highly secretive and skill

The Saratoga Monument

Located eight miles north of the Saratoga Battlefield is a stunning tribute to the American victory at the Battles of Saratoga. In the Village of Victory stands the Saratoga Monument, a 155-foot obelisk situated on a high bluff. This ground was the site of the last camp used by British General John Burgoyne before his surrender to American forces on October 17, 1777. There are four niches around the Saratoga Monument that were intended to contain the statues of four American commanders associated with the Battles of Saratoga. Facing north is General Horatio Gates. He had overall command of American forces during the Battles of Saratoga. The statue depicts him looking northward and anticipati

American Victory at Yorktown

On October 19, 1781, the prospect of achieving an American victory in the Revolutionary War was closer than ever before. With the assistance of French land and naval forces, General George Washington’s Continental Army had surrounded the British Southern Army, led by General Charles, Earl of Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia. Without any chance of escape, Cornwallis formally surrendered his 8,000 British soldiers and seamen. The surrender at Yorktown initiated serious negotiations between the warring parties that ended in recognition of American independence at the Peace of Paris in 1783. French General Jean-Baptiste-Donatien de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau, American General George Washington,

American Victory at Saratoga

On October 17, 1777, British General John Burgoyne surrendered his 5,000 British and Hessian troops to American General Horatio Gates at Saratoga, New York. This was the first large-scale surrender of British forces in the Revolutionary War and immeasurably bolstered the American cause. After word of the victory reached France, King Louis XVI agreed to recognize the independence of the United States. Arrangements were also made for the French to begin providing formal aid to the American war effort. General John Burgoyne (Left) and General Horatio Gates (Right). In the summer of 1777, General Burgoyne led an army of 8,000 men south through New York. He intended to join forces with British Ge

Major General Philip J. Schuyler

A statue of Major General Philip Schuyler stands in front of Albany City Hall in the capital of New York State. Schuyler was born in Albany in 1733 and went on to lead the Northern Department of the Continental Army at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. His bronze sculpture, standing at nine feet six inches, is a reminder of Albany’s ties to the American War of Independence. Major General Philip Schuyler. (Photo: In 1775, Schuyler was elected to the Continental Congress and served that post until he was appointed a Major General in the Continental Army. He assumed command of the Northern Department of the army and planned an invasion of Canada. Because of his poor health

General Philip Henry Sheridan

General Philip Henry Sheridan’s statue has stood in front of the New York State Capitol building in Albany for 101 years. Although Sheridan wasn't a leading figure in the Union Army at the start of the Civil War, he emerged a national hero by its end. A photo of Sheridan during the 1860s. (Photo: Sheridan began his military career in the Pacific Northwest. He was transferred to a post in the Midwest and steadily climbed up the ranks, eventually earning command of a cavalry unit. Sheridan excelled in this role and continued to impress once he became an infantry commander. When General Ulysses S. Grant assumed command of all Union armies in 1864, he selected Sheridan as his n

Happy Birthday, U.S. Navy!

Today the United States Navy turns 242 years old. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress authorized the construction and administration of the first naval force in American history. The Continental Navy worked closely with privateers to prey upon British commerce ships and transports during the American Revolution. America’s young naval force even went on to win several victories over British warships. After the war was over and American Independence was achieved, the Continental Navy was disbanded. What we know today as the United States Navy was formally established with the creation of the federal Department of the Navy in April 1798. To celebrate the 242 birthday of the U.S. Navy,

Alonzo H. Cushing: A Hero at the Battle of Gettysburg

64 Union Soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions at the Battle of Gettysburg. It took 151 years for one of those heroes to finally receive the United States military’s highest decoration. On November 6, 2014, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing for going above and beyond the call of duty at Gettysburg. In Obama’s words, “Sometimes even the most extraordinary stories can get lost in the passage of time.” He also added that Cushing’s medal “is a reminder that no matter how long it takes, it is never too late to do the right thing.” A video of Alonzo Cushing's posthumous Medal of Honor ceremony at the White Hous

This Is Why We Stand One Year Anniversary

On this day one year ago, I created This Is Why We Stand. Since that day, I’ve dedicated every ounce of my energy to sharing the stories of American heroes. I believe in every word that I write and consider this work a responsibility owed to those who made tremendous sacrifices for our freedom. There are still so many stories about duty, honor, and country that are waiting to be told. You can be sure that I will continue to do wherever it takes to ensure that these stories are remembered forever. Above all, I want to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to read, watch, and endlessly support all of my work. There is no greater inspiration than the encouragement that I’ve receiv

Battle of Gettysburg: Rufus Dawes at the Railroad Cut

On October 6, 2016, I listened to a story that moved me more than words can describe. The story featured the actions of Lieutenant Colonel Rufus Dawes and the 6th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment of the Iron Brigade at the Battle of Gettysburg. This fighting force was composed of 420 volunteers from the western frontier and had a reputation as one of the toughest regiments in the Union army. A monument to the 6th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment by the Railroad Cut in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. On July 1, 1863, the fighting on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg was spiraling out of control. Dawes and his battle-hardened troops were joined by the 84th and 95th New York and led

Concord North Bridge: The "Shot Heard 'Round The World"

Yesterday I wrote about my trip to the Lexington Battle Green in the town of Lexington, Massachusetts. On April 19, 1775, 700 British troops stopped here while making their way to nearby Concord to seize an arms cache. A confrontation emerged between the Redcoats and 77 Lexington militiamen who positioned themselves on the town green. After an unknown shot rang out, the British fired several volleys, killing eight militiamen and wounding nine others. The remaining colonists retreated into the woods and British troops continued on to Concord to search for weapons. After visiting Lexington, I made my way over to the site of the “shot heard ‘round the world" at the North Bridge in Concord, Mass

Lexington Battle Green: The Birthplace of American Liberty

From Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to the towns of Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts, the past few days have taken me to some of the most important places in American history. In my eyes, the greatest journeys involve paying homage to the grounds where great sacrifices were made for our freedom. This article will focus on the Lexington Battle Green in the historic town of Lexington, Massachusetts. This area is now a public park, but 242 years ago, it was the site of where “the first blood was spilt in the dispute with Great Britain,” as George Washington wrote in his diary on the eve of the American Revolutionary War. The flag on the Battle Green is authorized to be flown 24 hours a day year



I will use my skills to help anyone that I can. No one will be forgotten and no place is out of reach. 


From a very young age I have understood that my place in this world is the result of sacrifices made by others. My passion for Military history helped to fuel that belief and has been a constant in my life ever since. .


I have been fortunate enough to have worked for the New York Giants, Madison Square Garden, & ESPN Radio Albany. I have hosted my own sports talk show called, The Sports Vault for over 5 years. These experiences continue to enhance my creative capabilities. 


Nothing brings me more joy than sharing my mission with others. Whether it's in front of a camera, microphone, or classroom, I am open to every form of communication. .



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