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Memorial Day 2019 will be observed on Monday, May 27.

Memorial Day 2019 will be observed on Monday, May 27.

The sacrifices of our soldiers keep alive America’s promise, so that people throughout the world will look to her for inspiration. Our soldiers keep America strong, so that other nations will draw courage from her strength. For as long as we remember and keep our soldiers alive in our hearts, we will stand as we do -- free in a land of opportunity and promise.

We will always remember.  We will always be proud.  We will always be prepared, so we may always be free.
~ President Ronald Reagan, remarks on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1984
Best wishes for a safe, enjoyable and, above all, meaningful Memorial Day weekend.

There are many ceremonies, parades, and other observances taking place across the region to honor our veterans, past and present, and to pay tribute to the brave men and women protecting and making the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms at this very moment.  See the links below (and the attached events listing from The Tribune in Hornell) for more information:

observer-review.com, "Holiday tributes will honor the fallen"

On May 21, 2019, I was grateful to induct lifelong Chemung County resident and World War II Navy veteran Paul C. "Digger" Vendetti into the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame.  It is a great honor and will help ensure that Navy Seaman First Class Vendetti, for generations to come, will be remembered as one of New York State's outstanding veterans.  Read more about Seaman First Class Vendetti (along with the other regional veterans I have had the privilege to induct) HERE

Three years ago, Father Lewis Brown, a former pastor at All Saints Parish in Corning who devoted 22 years of active duty as a United States Navy Chaplain, delivered an inspiring and well-received "Prayer for the Military" to open the New York State Senate's daily legislative session on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.  It was a timely Invocation in advance of Memorial Day and I am proud, every year at this time, to share it again.  You can view Father Brown's prayer (and read more about his own service) HERE.