Dear North Colonie Families:
On Monday we celebrate Memorial Day and remember and honor those servicemen and servicewomen who gave their lives for our country. We must never forget them and our gratitude knows no boundaries. This gratitude is grounded in the freedoms and opportunities that exist for us all because of their supreme sacrifice. For their service and sacrifice a grateful nation expresses its profound appreciation, respect, and honor.
As you travel along Route 9, please take note of the flag attached to each flag pole. Each flag represents and honors 10 Capital Region lives lost in service to our country. It is the project of Tom Regan, founder of Please Remember Me, who has chosen to remember 1,900 military personnel from our region who have died at war or as a result of wounds suffered in combat zones since World War I. It’s the 10th year the flags have been placed as a way of honoring their memory and showing their loved ones — the Gold Star Families — that they are not forgotten. Gold Star families are designated as such because they have lost a family member in combat in one of our country’s wars.
“The families themselves, the Gold Star families, are what this is all about,” Mr. Regan said in a recent Times Union article.. “A lot of young people do not even know what a Gold Star Family means. They live every day with the burden of losing their loved ones.”
We in North Colonie join our Gold Star families in honoring those who have given the supreme sacrifice in service to our country. We stand with them expressing our deep and everlasting gratitude and in assuring them that they are never forgotten.
D. Joseph Corr