Rep. Gib­son, a re­tired Army colonel, says Amer­i­cans ‘are truly for­tu­nate’

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Ariél Zangla azangla@free­manon­ ArielAtFree­man on Twit­ter

KINGSTON >> The United States would not have the op­por­tu­ni­ties it does with­out the men and women will­ing to step for­ward and “stand up for our free­doms,” U.S. Rep. Chris Gib­son said Fri­day.

Gib­son, R-Kin­der­hook, spoke at the an­nual Vet­er­ans Day cer­e­mony at Kingston City Hall. A re­tired Army colonel, Gib­son spoke about his grat­i­tude for the com­mu­nity, for the Kingston Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion pro­vid­ing sup­port to its mem­bers, and for the na­tion.

“We are truly for­tu­nate,” said Gib­son, who is leaving Congress at year’s end. “In the history of the world, there’s never been a coun­try with so much pos­si­bil­ity and op­por­tu­nity.” He said the na­tion clearly faces chal­lenges but he hopes peo­ple can come to­gether to ad­dress them.

Kingston Mayor Steve No­ble also ex­pressed thanks to the vet­er­ans of the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing mem­bers of his own fam­ily. He said the idea of pub­lic ser­vice was in­stilled in him at a young age be­cause of them.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, Kingston Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion Chair­man Bill Forte read from a mem­o­ran­dum is­sued by Wil­liam McRaven, a re­tired Navy ad­mi­ral who is a chan­cel­lor in the Uni­ver­sity of Texas Sys­tem. McRaven wrote about re­spect for the Amer­i­can flag and that while no one should be com­pelled to stand for it, they should rec­og­nize that by sit­ting in protest, they are dis­re­spect­ing ev­ery­one who sac­ri­ficed to make this coun­try what it is to­day.

Fol­low­ing a cer­e­mony in the Com­mon Coun­cil Cham­ber at City Hall, there was a wreath lay­ing at the vet­er­ans’ mon­u­ment on the build­ing’s front lawn and the play­ing of taps.

Vet­er­ans Day, for­merly Ar­mistice Day, marks the an­niver­sary of the World War I ar­mistice be­ing signed on Nov. 11, 1918, and is a fed­eral hol­i­day on which all U.S. mil­i­tary vet­er­ans are hon­ored.


Vet­er­ans par­tic­i­pate in Fri­day’s cer­e­mony at Kingston City Hall.

A wreath is placed at the vet­er­ans mon­u­ment in front of Kingston City Hall on Fri­day.

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