Resolution J4658-2013

Commending Anthony Mele upon the occasion of his elevation to the rank of Knighthood by the Priory of Saint Patrick of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem

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  • Apr 29, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Apr 29, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 24, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commending Anthony Mele upon the occasion of his
elevation to the rank of Knighthood by the Priory of  Saint  Patrick  of
the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem

WHEREAS, In the course of the evolving development of this Empire State,
when  the  ingredients of shared concern and responsive endeavor combine
in commitment to community, there emerge among the  distinguished  citi-
zenry  of the State of New York, certain individuals who warrant special
recognition; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commend
Anthony Mele upon the occasion of his elevation to the rank  of  Knight-
hood  by  the Priory of Saint Patrick of the Sovereign Military Order of
the Temple of Jerusalem; the Convent and Investiture will take place  on
Saturday,  April 26, 2014, at Holy Innocents Church, Highland Falls, New
York; and
  WHEREAS, The Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem is  a
modern  Christian Order of Knighthood, dedicated to: living, by-example,
the noble ideals of chivalry and selfless service while seeking  God  in
their  lives  and promoting love and respect in their communities; main-
taining a Christian presence in the Holy Land by increasing  understand-
ing  and respect between members of all religions and faiths and helping
pilgrims visit holy places; helping the poor,  the  sick,  the  unjustly
accused  and  those  who stand against oppression and protect freedom of
speech; and protecting  the  monuments,  archives  and  history  of  the
Knights Templar; the Priory of Saint Patrick serves as the Hudson Valley
home for Knights and Dames of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple
of Jerusalem; and
  WHEREAS,  Anthony  Mele, of Chestnut Ridge, New York, has demonstrated
the good character, life accomplishments, and commitment to  the  ideals
of  the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem required for
the attainment of this illustrious designation; and
  WHEREAS, Anthony Mele is a United Nations Vendor, a  Federal  Firearms
Licensee,  and Defense Trade Broker, Department of State Bureau of Poli-
tico-Military Affairs, Washington, DC; he holds a Bachelor of Science in
International Relations and Counterterrorism from Empire State  College,
New  York,  and a Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Conflict
Management, from Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont; and
  WHEREAS, This distinguished man served in the United States Army in  a
number of prestigious assignments, including the elite 3rd U.S. Infantry
Regiment (The Old Guard); the Intelligence and Security Command, Defense
Intelligence Agency; the United States Military Training Mission (USMTM)
in Saudi Arabia, and Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Pentagon; a gradu-
ate  of the Defense Intelligence College in Washington, DC, he was deco-
rated for valor and peacetime heroism, receiving the  Army  Commendation
Medal,  1st  Oak  Leaf  Cluster; the Meritorious Service Medal; and Good
Conduct Medal, 2nd Award, all by the time he was 23 years old; and
  WHEREAS, In the private sector, Anthony Mele has held positions at the
BDM Corporation,  International  Security  Directorate,  and  consulting
assignments for Electronic Warfare Associates, and Fowler Trading Compa-
ny, among others, in the arena of the international arms trade; and
  WHEREAS,  Anthony Mele has been called upon to contribute his time and
talents to countless civic and charitable endeavors and has always given
of himself unstintingly; and
  WHEREAS,  His  philanthropic  and  civic  activities  include:  aiding
distressed  communities  plagued  by  drugs  and gangs, mentoring youth,
negotiating truces between rival street gang factions in  New  York  and

Washington,  DC;  he has served on the boards of directors of the United
Way, Rockland County; International Rotary Club; and Mock Youth  Courts;
he  also  assisted  the President and Tribal Council of the Lakota Sioux
Tribes at the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota; and
  WHEREAS, In addition, Anthony Mele serves as the Chairman, 65th Infan-
try  Regiment  Honor  Task  Force,  where  for the past 14 years, he has
worked on a national scale for the recognition and rights  of  veterans,
ranging  from  ensuring they receive an appropriate military honor guard
funeral service, lost decorations or overlooked  awards  due  them,  and
serving  as  their  voice in providing testimony before government offi-
cials; this compassionate man also visits his fellow veterans in  hospi-
tals; and
  WHEREAS,  Throughout  the  entire  period  of his community service, a
period of constructive involvement, Anthony Mele has stood  constant  in
dignity, good grace and humor; and
  WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by an individ-
ual  for the benefit of others which Anthony Mele has displayed through-
out his life; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commend  Anthony  Mele upon the occasion of his elevation to the rank of
Knighthood by the Priory of Saint  Patrick  of  the  Sovereign  Military
Order of the Temple of Jerusalem; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Anthony Mele.

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