Assemblyman and Deputy Minority Leader Robert Oaks (R,C-Macedon) is urging citizens to observe the true meaning and spirit of Memorial Day, which this year falls on Monday, May 30.
"I urge all Americans to say ‘thank you’ to every solider they know," Oaks said. "Brave men and women from all over this country have sacrificed their lives so that we may live in freedom and, for this, we are forever grateful. We honor their memory on this special day."
Oaks noted it’s especially important that Americans participate in this year’s observance because U.S. soldiers are in harm’s way in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many American soldiers have died in the war against terrorism, he said.
He added that 2005 marks the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, during which more than 400,000 American soldiers lost their lives on foreign soil in the cause for freedom.
Oaks is urging residents to participate in local Memorial Day ceremonies and activities, and to display the American flag, observe a "National Moment of Remembrance" at 3 p.m. Monday and support the work of local veterans’ organizations throughout the year.