Dominick Critelli played the national anthem on his saxophone at Hempstead's Independence Salute to Veterans.
Critelli is not only a splendid musician, but he also has a generous spirit.
"I'm always ready to help anybody, you know I would do anything because they would do it for me," Critelli said. "I was so happy when they asked me to come here tonight."
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Critelli came to America from Italy when he was 8 years old.
He says he sees a change happening across the country and it's for the better.
The Salute to Veterans event also included fireworks and a concert featuring the Commodores.
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