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Gabryszak: Take Time to Honor Our Fallen Soldiers this Memorial Day
Gabryszak: Take Time to Honor Our Fallen Soldiers this Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, Americans take time to remember and honor the most extraordinary Americans of all: the brave American soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our country, our freedoms and our way of life. Memorial Day weekend, an occasion often used to mark the beginning of summer, gives us an opportunity to come together as a community, participate in patriotic parades and take time to honor our fallen heroes.

Finding its roots right here in New York, on a main street in the village of Waterloo, Memorial Day was first celebrated in the spring of 1866. Now, we continue the tradition, nearly a century and a half later. It is a day that unites our country and allows us time to reflect and express our utmost gratitude to those fallen in the fight for freedom. We fly flags at half mast, put flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers, and conduct ceremonies in our communities to commemorate those who gave their lives to protect our families, our homes and our nation.

Recent international events have served as an important reminder of the bravery of our troops and how hard they fight to protect us. The recent death of Osama bin Laden serves to remind us that those who have fallen, both at home and abroad, have not done so in vain. It should also serve as a warning to America’s enemies that our servicemen and women will fight to protect our country, even if they have to travel to the farthest reaches of the globe.

In the Assembly, my colleagues and I are dedicated to honoring and preserving the memory of those who gave their lives in the service of their country. Rest assured I will do everything in my power to ensure the best for our troops and their families, while at home and abroad.

It is my hope that this Memorial Day, we will take time to honor the uniformed men and women we have lost due to conflict throughout the years. There are several parades and ceremonies being held in the Greater Buffalo Area this Memorial Day. I will be participating in the Cheektowaga Memorial Day Parade on May 30.

I am also organizing a three-day trip to Washington, D.C. for our veterans to honor their service to our country. All military veterans living in the 143rd Assembly District are invited. The trip will be from Sept. 16-19. Spot are still available so for more information, please contact Adam Locher at 716-686-0080.


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