As a state senator and an Air Force veteran, I ask that you pause this Veterans Day to reflect on our nation's past wars and to honor all veterans who have served our country honorably. A veteran knows first hand that the ideals of democracy and freedom are linked to the faithful service of members of our armed forces.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse), an Air Force veteran, is once again calling on Central New Yorkers to support our troops this holiday season by donating their used cell phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers. Major Martin Debock, executive officer for the Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion, Master Sergeant Peter Palumb, and Mark Burns, public affairs specialist for the battalion,joined Senator DeFrancisco at a press conference to discuss the importance of helping our troops stay connected.
Senator DeFrancisco held a press conference on November 29, 2011, to kick off his annual collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers. He is pictured with Master Sergeant Peter Palumb and Major Martin Debock.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco has started his collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers. You can drop off your old cell phones at various collection sites throughout Onondaga County. During a recent press conference, the Senator explained why the non-profit program is so important to soldiers and their families.
Please help us collect more Cell Phones for Soldiers. My collection drive runs through the end of January.
Drop-off locations include: Great Northern Mall, ShoppingTown Mall, Solvay Library, Skaneateles Library, Liverpool Library, Onondaga County Public Library in Syracuse, Fairmount Library, the Student Center at Onondaga Community College and the Army ROTC Office at Syracuse University.
Additional drop-off sites: MATTYDALE Army Recruiting Station at 372 Northern Lights Plaza in North Syracuse, SYRACUSE Army Recruiting Station at 2949 Erie Blvd. in Syracuse, 800 State Office Building at 333 East Washington Street in Syracuse.
For more information, please call my district office at 315-428-7632.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke at the Yellow Ribbon 2 Event on January 8, 2012, at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool. The conference aimed to prepare soldiers for deployment and provide support services to families of deployed military personnel. The Senator is pictured with SSG Jonathan Madonna.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with WWII Veteran Edward Zaluski and Edward's wife, Betty, at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Onondaga Hill, Sunday, May 25, 2012. The ceremony honors and remembers all of the military men and women, who lost their lives while serving our country.