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I’m so sad that Amy Winehouse was lost to us. This duet is all the more touching.

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Veteran’s Day Remembrance Ceremony 11.11.2011

Thank you to all of you that have joined us today to stand in legion with individuals that have served us so well.

It is fitting that on this day, the clouds move with a swift wind and stir in us a solemnity that is befitting of this occasion. It is fitting that we are moved by the actions of men and women that have chosen to give so freely and completely of their lives to serve this country we all love. They gave their youth, their talent, their intellect and souls to defend our freedoms and to promote justice and democracy around our world.

And unlike the many good soldiers, having made the ultimate sacrifice, whose names are memorialized on monuments like this one across the country, these men and women – our veterans – have survived incredibly difficult circumstances; long, arduous trips away from home and families and all that they hold dear; grueling physical conditions, frightening conflicts, sometimes boredom, sadness or loneliness, and often great loss and heartache.

They left fresh from our football fields, our basketball courts, our check out counters and our dining room tables, wet behind the ears, to pursue not only a career, but also a cause that is noble and brave. They are the intricate pieces that have unified to become the greatest military force in the world, dependent on each other for solace and strength. These boys and girls have served with commitment and pride and have returned to us as men and women that have met adversity with courage, and sacrifice with honor. They have returned to us true patriots – having conducted themselves with discipline, power and dignity. Our veterans are deserving of this day that honors them for the gift of freedom we have all been given.

We face continuing threats against our nation – against our collective and individual safety and security. As these threats evolve, so does our capacity to identify, prevent, and respond to such threats, and as such, we must recognize that those that place themselves in peril, and those that have stood against these evils in the past, deserve our complete support. While ribbons, pins and flags are symbolic of our appreciation for our nation’s heroes, and I am honored to be able to recognize some of our veterans here today with a medal, let us actively participate in helping our veterans by donating essential resources and volunteering time to local charities that are supportive of veteran’s causes and their families. We must insist that our government adequately supply much needed services to those that have returned home from service, sometimes broken physically, and sometimes spiritually as well. Lastly, let us all offer on a daily basis a silent prayer or in a way that is as small as a handshake or a smile of thanks, recognition for what our military has done for us.

In parting, I want to express my appreciation on behalf of our city to the Honor Guard, members of our various veteran organizations present today, and the many, many veterans, past and present, which have served in the military with devotion and courage. I am humbled to stand with you, both men and women that have been willing to sacrifice so much for this community and our Country. Thank you especially to the Veteran’s Commission for your tireless commitment to our nation’s heroes and your work to represent and protect our city’s veterans. I once again encourage all that are gathered here today also to contribute to the new memorial that will be constructed at Veterans Field in recognition of every man and woman hailing from the City of Amsterdam that has served in our armed forces. Please call Richard Leggiero (843-0808) for more information.

Again, thank you, to all of you that are veterans

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