The New York State Senate | Albany, New York
“The veterans recognized here, have dedicated their lives to the highest cause. In doing so, we as individuals and as a nation, have had the promise of living lives altered for the better and greater good. Their bravery, and the courage of their convictions, has helped shape and sustain our nation, one of diverse beauty, and unwavering strength.”
—Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Temporary President and Majority Leader
On May 25th 2019, the New York State Senate formally recognized Memorial Day by honoring decorated veterans from across the state, at a ceremony held in the Empire State Plaza, located in the Albany, New York. Veterans Rebuilding Life was honored to be among this years inductees into the State Capitol’s: Veterans Hall of Fame.
Each year, the State Senate recognizes remarkable veterans who’ve distinguished themselves in both military and civilian life. Veteran candidates are nominated by the State’s acting Senators, who select veterans based on their public record of service to their nation, and extensive contributions made to their local communities. The ceremonial event was opened by acting President and Majority leader; Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who opened with the following statement:
“The veterans recognized here have dedicated their lives to the highest cause, and in doing so, we as individuals and a nation have had the promise of living lives altered for the better and greater good. Their bravery and the courage of their convictions has helped shape and sustain our country, one of diverse beauty and unwavering strength.” Additional guest speakers included: Arsenal Commander Colonel Milton Kelly, Minority Leader Senator John Flanagan, and Chairman of Homeland Security and Military Affairs; Senator John Brooks. Seen centered in the photo above, is New York State Senator Michael Gianaris, alongside Dre Popow and Christian Zamora of Veterans Rebuilding Life, standing above the Senate Assembly, inside the State Capitol Building, located in Albany, NY.