Memorial Day: A Time To Remember Those Who Have Served Our Nation

A Legislative Column from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C – Batavia)

Memorial Day is an important time for us to reflect on the courage and sacrifice shown by our servicemen and women across the country. On this upcoming Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, I would encourage all New York State residents take a moment and join me in remembering the men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces. These heroes have gone above and beyond the call of duty, and have truly helped shape the United States of America into the great country that it is today.

We also must remember to pay our respects to those servicemen and women who have fallen in the call of duty. Their sacrifices have allowed us to enjoy the freedoms we value so greatly. With our nation still at war overseas in both Iraq and Afghanistan, this country has seen the loss of many of its sons and daughters. Although there are no words that can bring these servicemen and women back to their families and loved ones, we should do all we can to help preserve their memory and ensure that their sacrifices will never be forgotten or be in vain.

As a country, we must ensure that our servicemen and women continue to be recognized for their commitments and strengths in defending our way of life. People all across the United States are forever indebted to their great sacrifices and honorable service.

As the son of a World War II veteran, a veteran myself, and the ranking minority member of the Assembly Veterans’ Affairs Committee, this day has a particular significance to me and holds a special place in my heart. Their bravery and selfless commitment to our country has kept us safe from threats both abroad and here at home.

On this Memorial Day, please join me in remembering the sacrifices made by so many that have helped make our nation so great.