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NYC veterans honored on Memorial Day

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The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum complex was one of the many events held in New York City Monday afternoon in honor of support of all of our troops.

The sounds of bagpipes echoed across the courtyard at the Soldier's and Sailor's Monument, where Mayor Bloomberg honored our troops and veterans who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

"I do remember why I have the right to say stupid things, smart things other times I hope. I do remember why I have the right to practice my religion and I will defend your right to practice yours. I do remember why my two daughters have a future and it's because of the people we are honoring today," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

This was one of several Memorial Day ceremonies in New York City, including the annual tradition at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

"Barring the fact that Fleet Week technically didn't occur, it doesn't mean Memorial Day is still not going to occur and it's the Intrepid's responsibility and all American's responsibility to say thank you to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice  and gave their lives," said Intrepid Museum President Susan Marenoff-Zausner.

And continue to honor those soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq and those returning homes, need help now – more than ever.  

Over the past four years, more than 4 million VA disability claims have been processed, but nearly a million are waiting for help.

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced last week, a plan to end the backlog in 2015, by prioritizing the oldest claims, switching to a more streamlined form of electronic filing.

And there are more than 200,000 veterans in New York City area, so we say thank you for your dedication and your service.

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