Haitian-American Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn and the 67th Clergy Council, or “The GodSquad,” on Veterans Day, on Saturday, paid tribute to veterans by honoring all who have answered the call of duty by serving and sacrificing for America.
“To all servicemembers, your dedication and commitment to protecting the lives of Americans and defending our democracy is truly admirable,” said Bichotte Hermelyn, chair of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, who represents the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn.
“I wish you all a blessed and safe day; and, as you enjoy the holiday weekend, I encourage you to join the community in saluting our nation’s courageous veterans,” she added.
Bichotte Hermelyn noted that Veterans Day, originally called “Armistice Day,” began on Nov. 11, 1919 to acknowledge the first anniversary of the end of World War I and honor the fallen soldiers of the war.
Veterans Day became a national holiday after Congress passed a resolution in 1938.
The assemblywoman said New York is home to nearly 840,000 veterans who made “innumerable sacrifices to defend our nation and freedoms.
“We owe them a debt of gratitude, and it’s our responsibility to support our veterans, including getting them the healthcare coverage they deserve,” she said, stating that she was “proud” to have her sponsored legislation (A1399A/S2323), which passed in the State Legislature, expected to be signed into law by Gov. Kathy Hochul.
“This vital legislation will provide veterans with local intake coordinators to aid them in ascertaining healthcare eligibility through the Department of Veterans Affairs,” Bichotte Hermelyn added. “Thank you for your service.”
The 67th Clergy Council, also popularly known as “The GodSquad,” on Saturday honored and paid tribute to “the brave men and women who have selflessly served our nation in the Armed Forces.
“Today, we commemorate the courage and commitment of those who have defended our freedoms and upheld the values we hold dear,” said Pastor Edward Richard Hinds in a statement. “Veterans Day is a time for reflection, gratitude, and a collective acknowledgment of the debt of gratitude we owe to those who have worn the uniform in service to our country.
“In our diverse and vibrant community, we understand the importance of unity and shared responsibility. Our veterans have exemplified these values through their dedication to a cause greater than themselves,” he added. “They have safeguarded our liberties, protected our homeland and contributed to the noble pursuit of peace.
“As we honor our veterans today, let us also remember the families who have supported them throughout their service,” Pastor Hinds continued. “The strength and resilience of our military families are an integral part of the fabric of our community. May this Veterans Day be a reminder that the commitment to service does not end with military duty.
“As a faith community, we continue to support our veterans, as they reintegrate into civilian life, ensuring they have the resources and opportunities they deserve,” he said. “We stand together as a community, united in our appreciation for the sacrifices made by our veterans and in our dedication to creating a better, more compassionate world for all. May we never forget the debt of gratitude we owe to those who have served and continue to serve.”