Town clerk teams with resident to honor the fallen

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The town board listens as Muir explains the letter and medals being sent to the families.

PLEASANT VALLEY – Town Clerk Mary Beth Muir announced on Tuesday a plan to honor the 13 US Servicemembers who perished in Afghanistan on August 26.  Town residents are being encouraged to visit Muir’s town hall office to sign a letter of condolence to the families of the 11 Marines, one soldier, and one sailor.

On Tuesday night Muir told the town board of plan to honor those killed on August 26 that includes a letter signed by all interested that will be sent to the 13 military families “Whose children made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.”  Muir is working with town resident Frank Castella Sr. to provide a “Thank you for your service medal” which Castella is providing that will accompany each of the 13 letters.  Castella operates “The Warrior Wagon” which operates at many veteran events and parades throughout the Hudson Valley.

The letter, Muir said, reads as follows:

Muir with medal for the fallen.

“We are not just signing our names to honor your loved ones.  We want you to know we will never forget them, or you, and all that you have given for the United States., for us.

We want to thank you, even though that isn’t enough.  We will hold you in our hearts, remembering your bravery, dedication, and sacrifice.  Thank you.”

Muir has the letter in her office and anyone interested in signing it can stop by during the town’s business hours to add their signature.