Celebrating the dedication of the Town of Clarence Veteran's Memorial on May 31, 2021

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Senate Resolution No. 763

BY: Senator RATH

CELEBRATING the dedication of the Town of Clarence
Veteran's Memorial on May 31, 2021

WHEREAS, Members of the United States Armed Forces, who served so
faithfully and courageously in wars in which our Nation's freedom was at
stake, as well as in the preservation of peace during peacetime, deserve
the highest commendation of this Legislative Body; and

WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to applaud the
organizations who honor those who have served in times of active
conflict, as well as those who have served in times of peace; and

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to celebrate the
dedication of the Town of Clarence Veteran's Memorial with a Ceremony on
Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2021; and

WHEREAS, Under the direction of the Clarence Rotary Foundation, in
conjunction with the support and project management from the Town of
Clarence, the Veteran's Memorial is dedicated to the millions of United
States Military Veterans who have served and continue to serve their
country; and

WHEREAS, The site will be located at the Clarence Main Street Town
Park in front of the historic Clarence Town Clubhouse; the original
memorial design includes five granite forever stone panels to represent
each branch of the military, and the modest height of the panels serves
to blend into the historic nature of the surrounding landscape; and

WHEREAS, The Honor Wall Veterans will have the following information
for their listing: name, military branch and years served; and

WHEREAS, The idea for the Clarence Veteran's Memorial started soon
after the recent loss of Captain Andrew D. Byers, a long-time Clarence
resident, honor-student and star athlete; after graduating from the
United States Military Academy in 2008, and serving over eight years
with several overseas trips with the United States Armed Forces, Captain
Byers was killed in action in Afghanistan, while performing rescue
efforts to save his platoon from enemy fire in November of 2016; and

WHEREAS, After his funeral services, Captain Andrew D. Byers' twin
sister, Lauren, commented how there was no place to go to honor and
remember the names of the soldiers of Clarence, New York; henceforth,
the Clarence Rotary Foundation took action and decided to create a
permanent gathering place where individuals can pay tribute to Clarence
residents, relatives, friends, and fellow Americans for their tremendous
sacrifices made for our Nation and for the benefit of all of its
citizens; and

WHEREAS, Residents of this great State must never forget the courage
with which these men and women served their country, and must recognize
that no greater debt is owed than that owed to those who gave their
lives for their beloved Nation and to those who continue to be missing
in action; and

WHEREAS, Having exhibited their patriotism both at home and abroad,
these men and women demonstrated their love for their country and merit
forevermore, the highest respect of their State and Nation; and

WHEREAS, Our Nation's veterans deserve to be recognized, commended
and thanked by the people of the State of New York for their service and
for their dedication to their communities, their State and Nation; now,
therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
celebrate the dedication of the Town of Clarence Veteran's Memorial on
May 31, 2021; and be it further

RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the Clarence Rotary Foundation and the Town of Clarence.


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