Renaming ceremonies were held on Wednesday October 10th when the former John A. Prudenti lodge was changed to Sergeant John Basilone Lodge #2442.  State President Nancy DiFiore Quinn, First Vice President Sal Lanzilotta, IPP Carlo Matteucci and many state executive board members attended the ceremony. Brookhaven Town Councilman Timothy P. Mazzei and Suffolk County Legislator Jack Eddington presented congratulatory proclamations.  Over 100 guests attended the festivities.

State President Nancy DiFiore Quinn, First Vice President Sal Lanzilotta, Immediate Past President Carlo Matteucci and Lodge President Vincent D’Angelo participated in a ceremony unveiling the new banner as the Marine Corps Hymn was played.  This followed a presentation on the life, heroism and death of Sgt. Basilone, prepared and delivered by Lodge Vice President Cliff Miller.
Basilone, a New York born Italian-American, was serving as a gunnery sergeant with the U.S.Marine Corps during World War II, when he single handedly turned the tide of the war’s Pacific Campaign. This occurred during a 2-day firefight with enemy forces on Guadalcanal when Basilone and his men, outnumbered 200 to 1, succeeded in protecting a critical air base until reinforcements could arrive the next day.
He was presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism but refused to accept a safer desk job. Returning to combat with his men, he was later killed during the battle for Iwo Jima.  The Purple Heart medal and Navy Cross were bestowed posthumously to Sgt. Basilone.  He remains the only enlisted non-officer to have received both the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross, and is the only Medal of Honor recipient who returned to battle and died in combat.

Following the renaming ceremonies, a full hot buffet was served courtesy of Jim Corvais and Patchogue Manor Caterers.  Beverages for the event were donated by Pepsi territory manager Shawn Lods.  The ceremony took place at the lodge's meeting place, the Acampora Recreation Center on Montauk Highway near Nicolls Road, in Blue Point.
 


State President Nancy DiFiore Quinn presents new charter to Sgt. John Basilone Lodge #2442 President Vincent D'Angelo