Silver Star Banner Day' recognized this Saturday

DANNEMORA - The village of Dannemora has set aside a new day each year to honor the sacrifice of men and women in the Armed Forces.

The village board recently passed a resolution unanimously to declare this Saturday, May 1, "Silver Star Banner Day." The motion was made by Trustee Eric G. Jarvis, and seconded by Trustee Kathleen E. Kiroy.

According to Silver Star Families of America - the nonprofit organization which established the day of recognition - Silver Star Banner Day is "the permanent and official day to honor the wounded and ill soldiers of the village of Dannemora."

Mayor Michael L. Bennett said though no official ceremonies or festivities are planned for Silver Star Banner Day, it's a day for people to take a moment to remember those who fight for our country.

"I think this is a great way to honor [service members]. In the past, we haven't honored them the way we should," said Bennett. "The main thing is for people to thank the ones they know."

Though Gov. David A. Paterson signed a proclamation earlier this year recognizing Silver Star Banner Day at the state level, individual municipalities were also invited to adopt their own resolutions to the same effect.

According to www.silverstarfamilies.org, the only other municipality in the local area to do so was the village of Keeseville.

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