Jumaane Williams urges the community to honor our men and women in uniform
Council Member Jumaane D. Williams in a statement on the national observance of Memorial Day, remarked” we honor our men and women in uniform who have made immense sacrifices on behalf of our country, and remember those who were killed in that service. We owe them our gratitude and respect.
We also owe such a debt to the families of those we have lost, and to the veterans who have returned home to our communities, many physically and mentally scarred. Most importantly, it is vital that we provide them with the assistance they require, and were assured they would be given.” news Council Member Williams speaks at a 2016 press conference in support of the Veteran Anti-Discrimination Act, which was enacted in the fall of 2017.
He added”I am proud to have passed legislation that helps to ensure that we support our veterans and fulfill the promises our nation has made to them. The Veteran Anti-Discrimination Act, which was enacted last fall, protects veteran and military members at the city level and gives direct protections under City law against discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. In the coming term, I hope to pass a resolution that I’ve long sponsored supporting the creation of a parade for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; to show our appreciation, gratitude, and support for those who have served.”
In conclusion, Council-Member Williams stated “As a nation, we have an obligation to make every effort to offer support to service members and their families. Our country has made many promises to assist veterans with housing, employment and more, so I call on our city, state and federal governments to find ways to meet those commitments. Whether or not one agrees with these conflicts, we should all unite around the idea that these men and women deserve much more. We must be able to separate out the wars, which I and many didn’t agree with, from the human beings who answered the call to service. I have family currently serving in the United States military, and I am proud of them for their dedication and resolve.
Many will spend today in celebration with their families, enjoying time together and summer activities. It is essential that in the midst of these leisure activities, we pay remembrance and respect to those who have dedicated, and lost, their lives in service of this nation.”