MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas took time on Veteran’s Day to thank and celebrate the men and women have have and are currently serving in the armed services.
On the steps of City Hall on Friday afternoon, flanked by several local dignitaries, Thomas hosted a citywide celebration that was attended by several Mount Vernon veterans.
Citing the difficulties that many face when leaving the service, Thomas said that it’s important to advocate for veterans and their families “every day, not just on Veteran’s Day.”
“Too many of our veterans face challenges when they leave active duty. Some struggle with finding employment while others deal with debilitating injuries and homelessness,” he added. “That is unacceptable, and as mayor, I will continue to direct my administration to provide access to services and counseling for those in need.
“Every day, I see the Bill of Rights that hangs in the mayor’s office. Today, I am reminded of the veterans who have given so much to protect these rights for myself, my family and for all of Mount Vernon.”
During his speech, Thomas said that it’s important that the holiday is “recognized not as a day off, but a day to remember veterans for their service and dedication.”
“We have a phenomenal vision for our veterans, whether its making sure our veterans have access to jobs or quality services, we have to remember that no army is better than its soldiers,” he said. “We work for the people of Mount Vernon, and we work for our veterans. It’s important we celebrate the lives of the people that dedicated their time so we can have the freedoms we enjoy.
“On this day, we want to make sure we all remember our veterans, especially those Gold Star Mothers and the families that have experience the loss of time being spent with their loved ones while they’re serving our country.”