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What Memorial Day Means — Local Officials Share Thoughts

“As Chairman of the Veterans and Seniors Committee of the Suffolk County Legislature, I am privileged to work both with and for the brave men and women who protect our great nation and their families. I am especially proud of legislation that I sponsored to protect the sanctity of military funerals in Suffolk County from reprehensible and disruptive protests and legislation creating tax relief for our veterans. On this Memorial Day, as we remember the sacrifices they have made for our freedom, we must also remember those who continue to serve. We owe all those who have sacrificed so much for our great nation, not only our eternal gratitude but meaningful and ongoing support as well.”

– Suffolk County Legislator Steve Stern
16th Legislative District

““It’s easy to think of a Memorial Day celebration as little more than food, friends and good times,” says Suffolk County Legislative Majority Leader Jon Cooper (D-Lloyd Harbor).”What’s more difficult is to fully appreciate the ultimate sacrifices made by our brave fighting men and women, as well as their families. So in the midst of our revelry this weekend, let’s all make sure we set aside a moment for reverence and reflection, so we can remember those who make the celebrations with our families possible.”

– Suffolk County Legislator Jon Cooper
18th Legislative District

“Memorial Day gives us a chance to pause and reflect upon those American principles and values that make the United States worth fighting and dying for, and to give thanks to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve them. This year America and the World will mark the 10th anniversary of the horrific day we simply refer to as 9/11. For New Yorkers, the day has a special poignancy as we watched our buildings fall, with friends and family still inside. We know too well that our freedom is a threat to those who hate us. We know that we must remain vigilant and support those who fight to keep us free, and never forget those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. This Memorial Day, let us remember those who have preserved our freedom and way of life. God Bless America!”

NYS Assemblyman Andrew Raia
9th Assembly District

Memorial Day weekend is a time to remember the sacrifices made by America’s brave armed forces in defense of our liberties and cherished way of life. I am encouraging all Long Islanders to take a moment to remember the cost of America’s freedoms and the price paid by our veterans and military personnel while enjoying this unofficial start of summer.

– NYS Assemblyman Jim Conte
1oth Assembly District

As a State Senator, I have the privilege of marching in Memorial Day parades and actively participating in the day’s solemn ceremonies. As always, I am honored to have the opportunity to stand with our local veterans in remembrance of all the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our country, and our freedom. As we remember those who have fallen, I hope that we will also find the time to thank those who continue to serve to keep us safe. They serve at tremendous personal risk for little pay because of their deep commitment to preserving our American way of life.”

– NYS Senator Carl Marcellino
5th Senate District

On Memorial Day, as our nation joins together to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms we all enjoy, I would like to express my humble appreciation and gratitude to all the brave men and women who have served our beautiful country – either in years past or presently. These brave men and women from all across our nation are true heroes and, on behalf of my entire family, my family and the people I represent, I say thank you to them and to their families for their service and their sacrifice.

– NYS Senator John Flanagan
2nd Senate District

“Memorial Day has always been a day of remembrance for me. When I was a young girl I recall my parents speaking of the importance of paying tribute to the men and women who died fighting in the various wars, in order to protect our freedom. Eleven members of my family served in World War II and we were all praying that they would safely return home. Fortunately for us, they all returned home. Each year I proudly wear my Poppies and look forward to attending the various Memorial Day services and parades as we pay tribute to the men and women who stepped forward to preserve our democracy and gave the ultimate sacrifice.”

– Huntington Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia

“This Memorial Day weekend we encourage our residents to give pause and thanks for the brave men and women who serve in defense of our nation. Suffolk County offers residents many splendid opportunities, such as our Purple Heart Trail at the Suffolk County Park in Islandia or the Armed Forces Plaza in Hauppauge, to stop for a moment and say a brief thank you to the men and women who have and continue to serve our country.”

– Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy

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