If you love freedom, thank a vet.
Patriots made sure that their gratitude flowed as freely as the pomp at the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hamilton where American war heroes — past and present — were delivered a red, white and blue salute on Veteran’s Day to thank them for their service and sacrifices.
Guest speakers at the Nov. 10 tribute included vets who fought in World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars, and in Iraq and Afghanistan, all of them proud recipients of proclamations and awards — from Albany to Borough and City halls — presented by Col. Michael Gould, the garrison commander.
Korean War vet Don Feldman, who served from 1950 to ’51, stepped up to the podium amid a chorus of cheers.
Ditto for Marine Cpl. Tyler Tannahill, who joined Team Rubicon after completing tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. The group of volunteer veterans assists rescue missions in the aftermath of disasters.
Our cherished liberties are courtesy of those men and women who have stepped up to the battlefield, said garrison spokesperson Cathy Santo Pietro.
“We must never forget them!”
Entertainment by the Rhythm and Style Tappers capped the commemoration.Reach reporter Shavana Abruzzo at sabruzzo@c