STONEWALL Veterans' Association
2000 S.V.A. Supporters
U.S. Senator Daniel P.
Passing of S.V.A. Supporter retired U.S. Senator Moynihan
The STONEWALL Veterans' Association ("S.V.A.") really regrets the
unexpected passing of former four-term U.S. Senator from New York (1977
2000), Daniel Patrick Moynihan ("DPM"), on Wednesday, March 26, 2003,
age of 76, as a result of medical complications in a Washington, D.C.,
Senator Moynihan personally and publicly described the STONEWALL
Veterans' Association as "...a group of New Yorkers with a lot of
What a smartly succinct and activist compliment! In 1976,
although the S.V.A. was notoriously linked with supporting his
opponent for the Democratic Primary Election nomination,
Congresswoman Bella S.
Abzug, nonetheless, Senator Moynihan warmly welcomed and gladly
supported the S.V.A.
without question for over two decades. DPM was a bona
S.V.A. sponsor for over twenty years. We greatly
unconditional respect for what we did and what we continue to do, as
evidenced in all his correspondence (more than is on display) to the
S.V.A. over the years.
In 1998, Tony Moore, a special assistant
to the Senator, invited S.V.A. President Williamson Henderson to come
to the office for a new tour, a chat and to personally be given the
letter. Williamson was quite surprised and pleased to read --
after he got back to his own office -- that the Senator singled him out
for praise in the letter. On one of the occasions when Senator
Moynihan's office called in 2000, his last year in office, they said,
"Your letter is ready". Caught off guard, S.V.A.'s Leigh McManus,
a favorite of the Senator's (hello, Irish-American), replied, "What
letter?" They explained, "The testimonial letter that Senator
Moynihan gives to the STONEWALL Veterans' Association each and every
year! I have the new one right in front of me". In other
words, the S.V.A. not only had the renewed support of the legendary
Senator but didn't even have to ask for it! That is tremendously unique.
As a lasting tribute to the STONEWALL Veterans' Association, Senator
Moynihan succinctly and astutely decribed the famous
1969 Stonewall Cadillac convertible as "A rolling symbol of Gay
Senator Daniel P. Moynihan's letter to the STONEWALL Veterans'
Association in 2000 has been happily located in a hidden file at a
storage facility of the S.V.A.
[DPM's 2000 letter will be posted here by the Summer of 2012!
There are dozens of boxes and files to search to locate the letter.]