Monday, May 29, 2017

NY State Pols Reflect on the Importance of Memorial Day

State Senator James Sanders, Jr. 

On the last Monday in the month of May, Memorial Day celebrations large and small take place around the state as we remember with solemn gratitude those who have given their lives for our freedom.

As a Marine Corps veteran, it is especially important to me that we never forget the tremendous sacrifice our service members make every day to protect our American way of life.

Although for many of us Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and is a time for barbecues, going to the beach or spending time with family, let us not forget the true meaning of this day.

God Bless America.

Assembly Member and DNC Vice Chair Michael Blake

“This Memorial Day, we take time to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the name of service to their country. Our service members swear an oath to protect and defend our constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. Their service is a testament to our highest ideals as a nation; their sacrifice a reminder that we owe our freedom and security to those brave few willing to risk their lives for our defense.

"As we gather with friends and family, appreciating all that we have been blessed with, we salute the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who have lost their lives in service of their country.

"President John F. Kennedy reminds us that ‘The highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.’ It is our duty to protect and care for our veterans and the families of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

I wish all a happy and blessed Memorial Day.”

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