“This Monday, May 30, America will celebrate Memorial Day. While Memorial Day signals the beginning of the summer season, we must not let the significance of this day ever be forgotten. Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have given their lives in the defense of our Nation and the enduring principles upon which it was founded.
New York has led the way in the fight for freedom – but the cost has been high. During the Civil War, New York contributed more men and material, and suffered more casualties, than any other Union State. New York servicemen and women paid a high price in both World Wars and in the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam, while serving with distinction. In fact, native New Yorkers have been awarded 467 Congressional Medals of Honor, many posthumously.
We are still engaged in a war against the terrorists who attacked America on September 11, 2001, and we will soon be marking the tenth anniversary of that terrible day. During this holiday, all New Yorkers should take a moment to remember those who have given their all for our freedom. Flags should be flown at half-mast until noon, and at 3:00 p.m., a moment of silence will be observed. We should remember the families of the fallen as well, for they too have paid a steep price. Memorial Day gives us all an opportunity to acknowledge and commemorate the sacrifice of America’s true heroes: the courageous men and women of our Armed Forces.”