Assemblymember Lavine And The Nation Honor WWII Veteran On 101st Birthday

February 16, 2024


Assemblymember Charles Lavine and others from Harlem to Hollywood honor a World War II veteran on his 101st birthday.

“… honor his service to the country …”

Lavine presented Eli Levine with a citation to honor his service to the country at his home in Melville on Friday, February 16th, 2024.

Eli Levine, originally from Brooklyn, was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943.

He served in various European countries, including France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany during the Battle of the Bulge.

Utilizing his skills as a trained optician, he ran a small group repairing eyeglasses for front-line servicemen during the war.

Discharged in January 1946 as a technical sergeant, Eli went on to marry Louise in 1948, with whom he had two daughters and a son.

They were blessed with two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Eli pursued a successful career as an optician, while Louise, who passed away in 2019, was an advocate for breast cancer awareness and collaborated closely with Assemblymember Charles Lavine on this cause.

“… to preserve democracy …”

Assemblymember Lavine expressed his gratitude for meeting Eli, stating, “It was an honor and a privilege to meet this true American hero. We are forever grateful for the sacrifices that Eli and so many others of his, the Greatest Generation, did to preserve democracy.”

Photo courtesy of the Office of Assemblymember Charles Lavine.

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