Archives of Rudolph W. Giuliani

Mayor's WINS Address
Sunday, May 24, 1998

On Memorial Day, New York City - and America - Pauses to Honor Our Defenders
by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani

Tomorrow, New York City will come together to celebrate Memorial Day, in honor of the veterans who have sacrificed their lives throughout our history in order to defend our freedom.

America began as a bold experiment in democracy, and ever since our birth we have gone to great lengths to further the cause of liberty both inside and outside our borders. It is the men and women we honor on Memorial Day who have made this all possible.

That's why everyone who is proud to live in the United States should pause on Memorial Day and honor our defenders. This is especially true in New York City.

Because New York City understands how much it owes to our veterans, our Memorial Day celebrations are very special. There are at least six great parades throughout the five boroughs, in Bay Ridge, Forest Hills, College Point, Whitestone and Little Neck - most of which I'll be attending - where people come out to remember the loved ones they have lost and to honor all those who have served, and continue to serve, in defense of freedom. It will be a wonderful and very meaningful weekend.

And as summer officially kicks off, I also want to urge everyone to have a safe season. That's why, on this weekend of parties and barbecues, we will be stepping up our DWI enforcement throughout the City - reaching out across the City with the message that drunk driving will not be tolerated. Summer is a time of great celebration - but celebration should never become reckless, illegal, and dangerous. I also want to remind everyone that fireworks are only allowed when they are operated by professionals with official permits on designated days. Fireworks are explosives, and when they are abused, they cause tragic damage and even loss of life. Just last Thursday, a 16-year old Queens boy lost his right hand and part of his left hand because he was handling fireworks.

If everyone follows the law, we can all have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend to start the summer.

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