From the desk of Chris Jacobs, Erie County Clerk....
Let’s always remember and celebrate the men and women who have fought for our freedom and our rights. Veterans deserve our gratitude and recognition. These courageous men and women, so different in heritage and background, shared the common bonds of the armed forces – duty and sacrifice. Far too often, we Americans take for granted the freedoms we enjoy that were paid for with the lives of others few of us actually knew. Since our country’s fight for independence in 1775, almost two million American service members have lost their lives. Today, servicemen continue to fight for our freedoms throughout the world. Here in Erie County over 80,000 veterans have risked their lives to protect us and it is essential that we take time to honor them. Memorial Day is a time specifically set aside to honor Americans who have served our country in times of war and peace.
Events are planned throughout Erie County that celebrates the heroism and courage of these men and women. Before going to that family party or picnic or that great sale at the Mall, I ask all Erie County residents to take time from your busy day to attend a parade or memorial service honoring veterans or simply display the American Flag, place a flower on a veteran’s gravesite or purchase a Buddy Poppy from a Veteran. The proceeds of which aid veterans and veterans’ causes. The sacrifice of our veterans is meaningless unless we remember in a special way the loss and service of our fellow countrymen during wartime.
At the Erie County Clerk’s Office, we pay tribute to our Veterans 365 days a year through our “Thank-A-Vet” Program. This complementary program is a way to recognize the veterans in our community for their service and sacrifice. For more information on the “Thank-A-Vet” Program please visit the Clerk’s website www.erie.gov/thankavet.