Something to remember him by
"Not every young person who signed up for service goes overseas to fight," said Council President Vincent Lo Re Jr. on May 21 when city and state officials joined local residents in honoring Airman Christopher Adorno with the opening of a local restaurant in his name called Christopher's Place. "The fact that he joined and did not know where he was going to be assigned makes him a hero in my eyes."
The ceremony, which was seen as one of a series of events to commemorate Memorial Day, drew state and local officials, as well as members of Adorno's military unit.
"I want my son to be in
everybody's home," said Ronald Adorno, who is the proprietor of the newly
opened restaurant located at 811 Broadway near
The event featured state Senate and Assembly resolutions, and mayoral and other proclamations in Christopher's honor.
He served as an aviation
machinist's mate until his death in a car crash in
"He was driving back to
his base at the Lemoore Naval Air Station in
Christopher, one of six
"He dressed in a uniform and he learned to keep to schedules," Ronald said. "When he came home, he decided to join the Navy."
Christopher enlisted in the
Navy under the military's delayed entry program. He reported to boot camp in
This was supposed to grant Christopher his choice of assignments. According to Ronald, Christopher intended to request an assignment on the east coast to be near his family.
"We saw him only once after boot camp," Ronald said. "He was a good kid. I went to the site of the car crash. I could see the tracks off the highway and where his car had wrapped around a tree. Out there, towns are 20 miles apart from each other. A truck driver saw his car."
But Ronald said he wanted to
turn his family's tragedy into something positive for the residents of
Other attendees of the grand
opening were state Senator Sandra Cunningham, state assemblymen