Maloney Salutes Armed Forces at Memorial Day Ceremony Aboard USS Intrepid

May 31, 2011 Issues: Defense, Local Issues

New York, NY – Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) paid tribute to past and present members of our armed forces at a Memorial Day ceremony aboard the USS Intrepid.  Maloney joined U.S. Fleet Forces Commander Admiral John C. Harvey, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and Intrepid Museum President Susan Marenoff to honor the sacrifices made by so many members of the American military to preserve our democracy.  A photo taken at yesterday’s ceremony of Rep. Maloney and U.S. military personnel is attached.

“In 1873, New York became the first state in the union to officially recognize Memorial Day.  In the 138 years since, Memorial Day has fallen more often during peacetime than wartime, and that is a testament to the enduring strength of our military and the Americans who make it the greatest in the history of the world,” Maloney said at the ceremony.  “On this Memorial Day, however, many of our troops are in harm’s way, including 9,223 brave men and women from New York who are deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Our armed forces and veterans are the very best of America.  We can’t fully repay our military personnel for their sacrifice, but we should keep them in our thoughts and prayers, and we must honor them not only with words of praise, but with the benefits they have earned.”


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