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  • Residents asked to reflect on what veterans have accomplished

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  • Americans across the country commemorated Veterans Day with parades, wreath-laying ceremonies and other events Monday.
    In the city of Little Falls, residents gathered at the veterans’ memorial in Eastern Park to honor and thank those who have served and are currently serving in the nation’s armed forces and to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their country.
    “I ask that everyone take a moment to stop and reflect on all the good that has been done by our veterans all over the world,” said Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4612 Commander Donald Bronson. “Some of us have the day off from work or school, but not those who are who are currently protecting our country through their service in our military. Please use this day to remember our soldiers who protected the freedoms we have and will continue to have, by the grace of God and through our veterans.”
    In a written statement issued Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended his “sincerest thanks to our veterans, their families and the service members who are deployed and in units preparing to deploy from New York in the coming year.”
    “Throughout our state’s history, New Yorkers have always answered the call of service and today we honor the more than 900,000 veterans who call New York home. From defending our nation abroad, to protecting our citizens here at home, the men and women of the armed services are America’s heroes. On this and every Veterans Day we pause to salute their sacrifice and courage,” Cuomo said in the statement.
    New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the nation “owes a great debt to our veterans and to those who continue to defend our liberties today.”
    “As we honor the bravery of our service members, we must renew our commitment to care for them during their course of duty and long after they have returned home. Just as they have fought for us, we must deliver for them. From working to ease their financial burdens to providing necessary services to the wounded, we must continue to protect their rights, extending the same reverence and righteousness that they have shown this great nation,” Schneiderman said in a written statement.
    “We need to be more aware of the work of our veterans,” said Bronson. “As we look around at our surroundings we all should take a moment to think of the men and women who fought and sacrificed so we can enjoy all that we have. Without our veterans, we would not have all that we have. That’s why we need to thank them for their service.”
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