posted on June 27, 2012 11:51
Assemblyman Steve Hawley announced that he is heading to Washington D.C. this September 27th through the 30th with some local veterans.
The journey to the nation’s capitol is the fifth annual Patriot Trip.
As a former 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and National Guard and active member in the Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs Hawley said he’s always had an admiration for those who served our Country.
He talked about how the trips came about.
“Mike Paduchak who fought in World War II from Kendall, New York and was prisoner of war asked me if there was a possibility of when I became the Assemblyman of sponsoring a trip to Washington and at his request we did that. We put that together here at our office for all veterans, initially for World War II veterans to honor them and their service,” said Hawley.
Hawley said his visit to the Capitol with his father seven years ago to see the World War II monument also inspired the creation of the yearly trips. He said each venture is filled with a lot of emotion.
“We all have a common bond and that is that we have served our Country and to watch and listen to veterans from all times share their experiences whether in combat or not is just something that’s very, very difficult to describe. It a lot of times brings tears to their eyes and mine too to hear them share their stories of serving their country,” said Hawley.
This year the group will tour the White House, Arlington National Cemetery, War Memorial sites and more.
The Assemblyman is encouraging others in the community to join in on the fun. Hawley is asking for people reserve their spot right away, because they are going to the White House and the paperwork to do so may take some time.
For trip information you can call his district office at (585) 589-5780.