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Honoring the New York National Guard
9/11 Tribute Center Honors NY National Guard
in Recognition of Armed Forces Day
On Friday May 18, in a ceremony at the 9/11 Tribute Center, New York State Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy and Lee Ielpi, Board President of the Tribute Center who lost his son Jonathan Ielpi on 9/11, will honor the New York National Guard for their service after 9/11. Major General Steven N. Wickstrom, Commander of the NY National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division, will accept a plaque from the Tribute Center in recognition of their dedication. Lieutenant Governor Duffy said, "The New York National Guard has served our state and nation honorably and selflessly throughout its history. The Guard's response to 9/11 demonstrated the dedication, strength and courage of the men and women who serve our state; service that was continued in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. National Guard troops also bravely performed water rescues and large scale evacuations of residents during last year's floods, helping residents across New York rebuild their towns, villages and lives. The people of New York State will forever be grateful and honored by their service."