SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Those who served and continue to serve in the nation's armed forces received a heartfelt thank-you from Scarsdale Mayor Miriam Levitt-Flisser Monday on behalf of the community.
“We are here today on a holiday that honors those whose sacrifice took place in foreign lands. Their service may seem distant or in the past, but their achievement is what guarantees America’s freedoms,” the mayor said during the village's Veterans Day observance. “We speak out again today and express our gratitude.”
The mayor – a naturalized American citizen born of Holocaust survivors in a displaced persons camp after World War II – expressed her appreciation for the American soldiers who rescued Europeans from tyranny and helped them start a new life “in the Land of the Free.”
“There are naturalized Americans, like me, who are still grateful for personal rescue from the abyss in Europe, and we speak out again today and express our gratitude,” she said.
The speech concluded with a quote from the president last Veterans Day, with an addendum from Levitt-Flisser.
“As the president stated last Veterans Day, ‘To our veterans, to the fallen and to their families – there is no tribute, no commemoration, no praise that can truly match the magnitude of your service and your sacrifice,’ ” she said. “And I add, from the people of Scarsdale: [your sacrifice] for us."