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Town honors its veterans

Rotterdam holds celebration of those who served the country

For some, Veterans Day might just be a day off of work or school, but others take a moment from their life to pause, gather and remember those who've served their country.

Rotterdam held their 51st Annual Veterans Day Service outside of the Town Hall to honor veterans on Thursday, Nov. 11, which included a gathering of residents paying their respects. William Frank, director of Veterans Affairs of Schenectady County, gave a speech addressing the support veterans receive and sometimes lack.

That you are here today tells me that you are part of a minority of American citizens who love, support and appreciate our veterans enough to take a hard look at the often harsh relates we face, said Frank. "You understand that on Veterans Day we honor the men and women whom services and sacrifices have preserved the liberty we enjoy. You know this more than just a day off work a few days before Thanksgiving."

Frank said all of the veteran organizations help build a culture to honor those who've served in all the wars, because support hasn't always come easy for veterans.

"We have learned some very important lessons for how fickle support for veterans can be," said Frank. "Our charge as we gather here today is to commit ourselves to making a brighter future for the men and women who have given so much to make our way of life possible."

Mary Holton, president of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 1895, said while the holiday is a time to show our support for veterans, it is also a time to remember those who gave their life for their country.

"Today is a day when we not only honor our military veterans, it is also a day when we remember and honor the hundreds of thousands of fallen heroes," said Holton. "Let us now pay our respects to those persons of all wars who have made the supreme sacrifice for our country Let us not remember just for today, but let us remember for every day."

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