Local Memorial Day observances ~ Read and watch more

May 24, 2018

Memorial Day 2018 will be observed on Monday, May 28.

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 link below for a listing:


In early May, I was grateful the occasion to induct lifelong Steuben County resident and World War II veteran Warren A. Thompson into the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame.  It's a great honor.  Read more about Second Lieutenant Thompson HERE.  I would also like to extend a special thank you to the Bath VA for their assistance in getting Warren to Albany for the induction ceremony, and back home safely.  Their care for our regional veterans is outstanding.

Two 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.  It was a timely Invocation in advance of Memorial Day, and I'm glad to share it again here.  You can view Father Brown's prayer (and read more about his own service) HERE.