Remarks from State Senator Ranzenhofer for Tonawanda Veterans Memorial Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony
It is an honor to be with you here today on this momentous occasion with Former Secretary of State, General Colin Powell , veterans and Tonawanda residents. I would like to personally thank the organizers for inviting me here today, especially the Chair and Co-Chair of the Steering Committee, Dan Crangle and Peter Rizzo. I would also like to thank the veterans present here today and all veterans for their service and dedication to our country. I would be remise if I did not publicly acknowledge the outstanding efforts of Senator Mary Lou Rath and her staunch support of the Veterans Memorial.
After more than two years of work, today’s dedication ceremony of this veterans memorial is a testament to the support of nearly 400 individuals who made this important project possible. This project was a community effort that clearly reflects Tonawanda residents’ heart-felt appreciation for our deceased and living veterans. Today’s dedication ceremony is another example to us all that Tonawanda is a community that will never forget veterans’ service to our country.
Our veterans have given much to defend our freedom and our country. This veterans memorial is a tribute to those service men and women who have bravely defended the liberty and freedom for which our country stands and publicly commemorates all veterans who have served in our nation’s armed forces, especially for those who have been killed or wounded in battle.
Veterans memorials such as the one being dedicated today, monuments in Washington, D.C. – the National World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Wall – and the Purple Heart Stamp are not only symbols to illustrate our veterans’ dedication and service to our country, but more importantly, they ensure that future generations of Americans know and appreciate the sacrifice that so many veterans have given to their country.
I encourage all residents of the Town of Tonawanda – their family, children and friends – to visit this great memorial so that we may all appreciate the service and sacrifice that veterans have given to our country. It’s very difficult to truly understand the sacrifice our veterans have given, the courage they have exemplified and their willingness to defend our freedom when serving our country during times of war.
But I think that General Douglas McArthur put it best when he said: “The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”
The Town of Tonawanda Veterans Memorial will forever be remembered as a place for future generations of Americans to show their appreciation for the brave service men and women who have served in the armed forces.