RYE, N.Y. -- Thousands of brave men and women have made "the supreme sacrifice" to protect America's cherished freedoms, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino said Sunday.
"As Americans, we must never take for granted the freedoms they fought for and that many of our soldiers died for," he said.
Hundreds of veterans gathered with county officials at the sixth annual Veterans Appreciation Day and Memorial Day Tribute at Rye Playland on Sunday.
Members of the Police Emerald Society of Westchester's pipes and drum band opened the Memorial Day ceremony with "God Bless America." Students from Rye High School also performed during the ceremony, which honored the many Westchester County residents who have served in the military.
Al Zawiski, Vice President of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 49, called for residents during the invocation to remember that Memorial Day should be a prayerful day of remembrance.
"Let us forever be mindful of their heroic acts of valor," he said.
Astorino took time in his speech to read aloud the names of Westchester County soldiers who have died during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Astorino also encouraged veterans to seek out the Westchester County Veterans Service Agency, saying government has an obligation to help those who fought for their county.
"Your service is honored and greatly respected," he said.
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