NEW YORK — Some of New York state’s landmarks will be illuminated in gold to honor the Gold Star Families whose loved ones died in military conflict or were permanently disabled.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday that the sites glowing on Sunday evening include One World Trade Center, the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, the Kosciuszko Bridge, SUNY Plaza, the State Education Building, the Alfred E. Smith Building and the New York State Fair Exposition Building.
Memorial Day’s intended purpose is too often overshadowed by activities that celebrate the first long weekend of summer, says the author.
On Gold Star Families Day, the display will coincide with a ceremony in Albany honoring the families’ sacrifice. At the reflection pool in West Capitol Park, 62 luminaries will be lighted to burn through the night.
The governor says support for the Gold Star parents is a priority, with a yearly increase in benefits and scholarships.
Both the House and the Senate passed bills to fix the issue, but haven't reached a compromise solution yet.