“Today, we mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. In commemoration of the courage and valor shown by those who answered the call to protect our nation, we acknowledge and honor the more than 2,400 who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“On this day of infamy we are all reminded that ‘freedom is not free.’ Yet, it provides us with an opportunity here in New York to ensure those who have fought and continue to fight for the values this state and nation were founded upon are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. That’s why New York remains committed to providing full access to quality services and supports for all our U.S. Servicemembers and Veterans.
“This day weighs heavy on the hearts of all Americans. While we can never repay those who gave their lives in defense of liberty, justice and democracy, we can honor their sacrifice by working together to ensure the ideals and freedoms we cherish always ring true.”