Williams, Bichotte-Hermelyn honor veterans

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New York City Public Advocate, Jumaane Williams.
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New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Brooklyn Democratic Party Chair, Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte-Hermelyn on Thursday paid tribute to United States veterans on Veterans Day.

“Today our city and nation observe Veterans Day and honor the people who have answered their country’s call to service,” said Williams, the son of Grenadian immigrants. “I stand in appreciation of all veterans who have chosen to serve our nation in uniform, including within my own family and staff.

“We must be sure to convey our respect and gratitude not only in parades and ceremonies, but in our personal interactions and, perhaps most importantly, in our policies,” he added. “Too many veterans, having given so much, are disrespected or abandoned when they return home– met by a government failing to fulfill their end of the contract.

“From healthcare to housing, we can and must do more to support and stand by veterans,” Williams urged. “This is not about support of war or violence but of the people who have risked their safety in the spirit of service.”

He noted that Veterans Day takes its origin from Armistice Day, born out of a celebration of peace.

“We must continue the work toward achieving that peace, at home and abroad,” Williams said.

Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte in her office in Flatbush. Photo by Caroline Ourso

Bichotte Hermelyn, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, who represents the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn, also noted that Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919.

She said that Armistice Day’s purpose was 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.

In honor of our veterans, city, state and federal government buildings, including courts and post offices, were closed on Thursday, as well as New York City public schools, and many banks and library branches.

“To all those who served our country, your dedication and commitment to protecting the lives of fellow Americans is truly honorable,” Bichotte Hermelyn said. “Thank you for your service!”

Queens Democratic Congressman Gregory Meeks, who represents the 5th Congressional District, tweeted: “Today and every day, we recognize the men and women of the Marine Corps and the time spent serving our country. Thank you for your bravery and dedication!”

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