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Purpose

Senator McDonald sponsored a Resolution asking the Governor to declare April
9th as "Yellow Ribbon Day" in New York, recognizing that over the past
decade the distribution of yellow ribbons around the State has helped to
"heighten awareness and support of our service men and women who are
serving our country, in addition to promoting unity and respect for
those brave individuals who protect our freedom." Senator McDonald, a
Vietnam veteran, notes that April 9th is also the traditional date for
remembering Prisoners of War, especially those who died in captivity.

Yellow Ribbon Day will be celebrated locally at the Saratoga - Wilton Elks
Lodge, 1 Elks Lane in Saratoga Springs, from 11 AM to 1 PM. McDonald will
be joined at the event by Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, along with Congressman
Chris Gibson, a 24-year Army veteran who be the keynote speaker.

Those attending are encouraged to bring snacks that can be sent to troops
serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The event is organized by
Carol Hotaling, who is known locally as the "Yellow Ribbon Lady" and has
been honored nationally for her work in support of our nation’s troops.