By Town Supervisor George Hoehmann
Honoring those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces is something we all should do. We all know the reasons why. At some point they looked within themselves and decided that they would stand at the ready to defend our freedom and our very lives with their own. How can we as individuals or even as a town recognize their instinct to serve us and thank them for it?
Here in Clarkstown, we have a program that gives people the chance to do just that and display it to the people who live, work or visit our town.
Once again, I am proud to announce that our Military Tribute Banner program will continue. It provides residents or businesses the ability to honor our local veterans and those currently serving our nation in the United States Armed Forces. The banners will adorn the light posts in downtown Central Nyack, Congers, Nanuet, Valley Cottage and New City from Memorial Day to Veterans Day.
Every banner honors a different veteran or active duty service member by displaying their photo, branch of service, and military service information. They are truly special.
Each year, I enjoy meeting the proud children and spouses of veterans, and parents of the brave young men and women currently serving our nation today. Each family has heartfelt memories and stories of their loved one and their service. My staff and I have enjoyed meeting with all of them, putting together their banners, and learning about their loved ones over the years. I have received numerous emails and pictures from family members who surprised their loved ones by taking them to Main Street where their banners were hung.
If you have a loved one who has served or is currently serving in the military, please consider honoring them with a banner. We would love to see this program continue to grow and I know that there are many more outstanding individuals we need to recognize in town. Take a moment to think about who among your friends and family might be interested in this wonderful program.
For more information about the program or to sponsor a banner, please call my office (845-639-2050) or visit www.clarkstown.org and click the Military Tribute Banners logo.