Submitted photo: Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) [center] poses with veterans of the Air Force at a memorial honoring Air Force veterans during last year’s Patriot Trip to Washington, D.C.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced there is still room available to sign up for this year’s Patriot Trip to Washington, D.C., from Sept. 20 – 23.
Veterans who have attended a previous year’s trip or live outside the 139th Assembly District are now welcome to sign up.
*Veterans who are first-time attendees to the trip will still receive first priority.
Hawley is a longtime supporter of veterans and has served on the Assembly Veterans’ Affairs Committee since 2006.
“The Patriot Trip is one of my favorite events throughout the year,” Hawley said. “This trip was inspired by Mike Paduzak, a World War Two veteran, who asked me to come together with local veterans and host a trip to Washington, D.C.
"Through the experiences of my father, veterans I have met during previous year’s trips, and my own service in the military, I have gained a tremendous understanding and admiration for the sacrifices endured by our veterans. It is for these reasons that I continue the Patriot Trip each year and have solidified it as one of the staples of my service to our community.”
Attractions Hawley plans to visit this year on the trip include:
- U.S. Capitol
- World War II Memorial
- Korean War Memorial
- Vietnam War Memorial
- Iwo Jima – The Marine Corps Memorial
- American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial
- Air Force Memorial
- 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon
- Arlington National Cemetery, including the Changing of the Guard
- Wreath Laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns
If you or a veteran you know wants more information about this year’s Patriot Trip XI, please call 585-589-5780 or email [email protected].
To view photos from previous years, use the following link: http://vetsdctrip2008.shutterfly.com/