On Thursday, August 16th, a dedication ceremony was held at the Parkchester Post Office in Bronx, New York to honor Private 2nd Class Isaac T. Cortes. A longtime Parkchester resident, Private Cortes served in United States Army with Charlie Troop, 1-71 Cavalry Squadron.
Deployed to Iraq in September of 2007, Private Cortes was killed in action on November 27, 2007. He was one of two soldiers killed when an improvised explosive device was detonated as his vehicle conducted mounted patrols through Amerili, Iraq. In order to properly preserve her son’s memory, Emily Toro pursued legislation that would rename the post office in the Bronx neighborhood where Isaac grew up in honor of her son.
United War Veterans Council, in participation with the Military Veterans of Columbia University, were on hand for the ceremony to present the Gold Star Mother with a flag flown over Ground Zero that had been dedicated in her son’s honor.
Elvin Mercado, Postmaster of the Bronx area Post Offices was on hand for the rededication and served as the Master of Ceremony. Also in attendance were Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) and Speaker Christine Quinn, both were instrumental in progressing the legislation that started with a mother’s dream to honor the sacrifice her son gave to his country.
Private Cortes was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his dedication to service and country while deployed.