Honoring our Veterans

VeteransDay6 On Monday, we will come together as a nation to honor the men and women who have served in our armed forces throughout our nation’s history, both in war and at peace. We honor those who established our right to be free and those who fought to keep that right a central component of our American way of life.

While I have said in the past that we should be honoring our veterans everyday, Veterans Day gives us an opportunity to put our partisan and often times petty differences aside, come together as a nation and put our veterans ahead of politics.

And anytime we have service men and women fighting in an active conflict, Veterans Day takes on a whole new meaning. As we go about our days, we need to remember that right now, today, men and women are in far away lands, making sacrifices to be away from their families and others giving the ultimate sacrifice, in defense of our nation.

Today in Albany County, we honored 5 veterans of the greatest generation who fought in the Second World War. Among those honored were Frank Currey, Raymond Joyce, Richard Marowitz, Frank Murphy and John Edwards. I thank them for their service and wish them good health and many more good years a head.

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So this Veterans Day, let’s be sure we take time out to pause and honor all those who have served and those who serve today. If you know a veteran, give them a call. If you know a neighbor that’s a veteran, stop by and say hello. If you have a flag, fly it. If you can, pay a visit to your local cemetery and visit the grave of a veteran, whether it be a friend, family member or complete stranger. For at the end of the day, we owe them at least that much.

May God bless all our veterans and keep them safe.

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