On June 6th, 1944, the United States and our allies charged the beaches of France in the largest air, land, sea and military operation the world has ever known. The landing included over 5,000 ships, 11,000 airplanes, and over 150,000 service men. When it was over, the Allied Forces had suffered nearly 10,000 casualties; more than 4,000 were dead. This tremendous show of courage and sacrifice represents one of
Senator Gallivan spent Memorial Day thanking veterans and honoring the fallen at the Town of Wales Memorial Day Parade, and later joined Orchard Park's American Legion Post 567 for the dedication of their Memorial Wall.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Erie County) announced a series of initiatives today designed to benefit area veterans, current service members and military families. The announcement comes in conjunction with the national observance of Memorial Day.
While in the Seventh Senate District on Monday to honor the community's veterans on Memorial Day, Senator Jack M. Martins stopped by Garden City Park. Here, he is pictured with Post Commander George Popowitz, Parade Marshal Charles Fitzgerald, Thomas and Margaret Zarella, Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello and Reno and Connie Staffa.
On Monday, May 30, the Mineola community commemorated Memorial Day with a parade that began at Wilson Park and ended in Mineola Memorial Park. The parade was led by American Legion Post #349 Commander Sal Cataldo and member of the Legion as well as Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1305 Commander Manny Grilo and members of the VFW.
It was a day in which residents and organizations braved near 90 degree heat to say thank you to the veterans who have fought to preserve our freedom. Among the residents that marched in the parade were Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss, Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira and State Senator Jack M. Martins.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently joined with the Merrick/North Merrick community in commemorating Memorial Day by participating in the annual Merrick/North Merrick Memorial Day Parade.
Due to rain showers and dark skies early on Memorial Day morning, the Williston Park American Legion Post #144 did not hold its Memorial Day parade, but did have a stirring tribute to the veterans inside the post. The 55th Annual Post Everlasting Services paid tribute to all those who served, departed members and those who went off to service and sadly did not return.
Post commander Frank Oliveiri conducted the services. Reverend Christine van Liew of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection gave the invocation and then former Town of North Hempstead Supervisor John Kiernan introduced guest speaker, Senator Jack M. Martins.
This Memorial Day weekend, Senator Martins took part in commemoration services in New Hyde Park. While Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, during which there are barbecues and family outings, more importantly, it is a time to say thank you to the veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom and way of life.
“Today we honor and remember those who gave their lives in defense of our freedom.Generations of American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines have fought, and are still fighting, to protect our country from tyranny and terror. Many never returned home, having given their lives in service to our nation. All of these heroes deserve our respect and gratitude.As we enjoy spending time with family and friends this Memorial Day, may each of us take time to remember the men and women who died defending our freedom.
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Battle of the Bulge group among largest contingent of single campaign veterans; First multi-member group to receive honor
Senator Patty Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton) has named the Oswego County “Battle of the Bulge” Veterans to the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame.
It’s the first time a group of veterans has been named collectively to the Hall of Fame, which was created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life.
“The Oswego County ‘Battle of the Bulge’ Veterans served their nation when they were needed most, and continued that legacy throughout decades of service to their communities,” Senator Ritchie said.
ONEONTA, 05/27/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today concluded a tour of his district, joining local veterans and postal officials to announce that the Purple Heart postage stamp has been classified as a “Forever” stamp, ensuring that it will continue in circulation as a lasting tribute to wounded veterans.
“As we approach Memorial Day it is important to recognize the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country and our way of life,” said Senator Seward. “Classifying the Purple Heart stamp as a “Forever” stamp is an important step by the U.S. Postal Service in recognizing our military heroes.”
This Memorial Day, Veterans First: Senate Passes Legislation to Benefit New York’s Servicemen and Women
The New York State Senate passed a package of nine bills this week which will expand or launch new benefits programs for the brave New Yorkers who have fought for our nation’s freedom.
“Our veterans and active military personnel have made brave sacrifices on behalf of us all in their service to the nation,” Senator Montgomery said. “From access to housing, health care, and educational opportunities, the service that veterans have provided to our country entitles them to the very best from their state government, and New York aims to give it to them."
To commemorate New York State’s upcoming Memorial Day observance, the State Senate took time on Wednesday to honor current and former military service members, and especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Nine bills focused on supporting veterans and active service members were passed. Two bills in particular, sponsored by Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), provide important parental rights protections for military service men and women. Bill S.3228 prevents the courts from considering the potential for a military service deployment as a detrimental factor when determining parental custody of a child.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate commemorated the upcoming Memorial Day observance by taking time during the May 25th Session to honor current and former military service members, and especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice.