In recognition of Veterans Day, Nov. 11, County Executive Robert P. Astorino met with a gathering of veterans Friday morning and shared these thoughts:
"With Veterans Day Sunday, it is an important time to remember, reflect and respect our troops – past and present."
"It's thanks to these men and women who fought for our freedoms that we are able to enjoy the lives we lead today.
"Whether it was on the beaches of Iwo Jima, Normandy, Europe, Asia; the cold hills of Korea; the jungles and mountains of Vietnam; and most recently the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan - we are so thankful to pay tribute to those who have served our great country.
"They are fathers, mothers, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, friends and neighbors, who selflessly put themselves on the line so that their loved ones could enjoy a life of liberty.
"Twice a year – Memorial Day and Veterans Day – we pay respects to our veterans.
"But we need to keep them in our thoughts and prayers every day.
If you are a veteran who needs assistance – or knows someone who does – don't hesitate to contact the county's Veterans Services Agency."