Bill Text: NY J02183 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Commending Paul B. Struys, Jr. posthumously upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of a Liberty Medal

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-09-18 - REFERRED TO FINANCE [J02183 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-J02183-Introduced.html

Senate Resolution No. 2183

BY: Senator TEDISCO

        COMMENDING  Paul  B. Struys, Jr. posthumously upon
        the occasion of his designation as  recipient  of  a
        Liberty  Medal,  the  highest honor bestowed upon an
        individual by the New York State Senate

  WHEREAS, Members of the Armed Services from the State of  New  York,
who  have  served  so  valiantly  and  honorably  in  wars in which this
country's freedom was at stake, as well as in the preservation of  peace
in peacetime, deserve a special salute from this Legislative Body; and

  WHEREAS,  This  Legislative  Body is justly proud to commend Paul B.
Struys, Jr.  posthumously  upon  the  occasion  of  his  designation  as
recipient  of  a  Liberty  Medal,  the  highest  honor  bestowed upon an
individual by the  New  York  State  Senate,  to  be  presented  at  the
Schenectady  County  Honor  a  Deceased  Veteran  Ceremony  on Saturday,
September 14, 2019; and

  WHEREAS, The New York State Senate Liberty Medal was established  by
Resolution  and  is  awarded  to  individuals  who  have merited special
commendation for exceptional, heroic, or humanitarian acts on behalf  of
their fellow New Yorkers; and

  WHEREAS,  Paul  B. Struys, Jr. was born to Bettye Jayne (Noonan) and
Paul B. Struys, Sr. on March 21, 1967; after graduating from Linton High
School, he entered the Army National  Guard,  HQ  151  Battalion,  210th
Armor  -  1st  Army;  on  December 3, 1990, he was activated and proudly
served his country supporting Desert Shield/Desert Storm; and

  WHEREAS, For his courageous service during these operations, Paul B.
Struys, Jr. was awarded the National Defense  Service  Medal,  Southwest
Asia  Service  Medal  with  a  Bronze  Star  device,  and  both the Army
Achievement and Commendation Medal; and

  WHEREAS, Upon the completion of his military  service  on  July  22,
1991,  with  the  rank  of Sergeant, Paul B. Struys, Jr. returned to New
York, and worked for the local YMCA,  Price  Chopper  and  the  Charlton
Highway Department; and

  WHEREAS,  Devoted  to  his fellow veterans, he was a vital member of
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 358 and Rolling Thunder, New York  Chapter
No. 5; and

  WHEREAS,  Paul  B.  Struys, Jr. truly loved life and had the uncanny
ability to make everyone  laugh;  he  enjoyed  spending  time  with  his
longtime  partner,  Christine  Wojtowecz,  and his two sons, Jonpaul and
Joseph A. Struys, and took great pleasure in working on  both  the  farm
and his motorcycles; and

  WHEREAS,  Paul  B. Struys, Jr. died on November 14, 2008, at the age
of 41; and

  WHEREAS, Residents of this great State must never forget the courage
with which these men and women served their country, and must  recognize

that  no  greater  debt  is  owed than that owed to those who gave their
lives for their beloved Nation and to those who continue to  be  missing
in action; and

  WHEREAS,  Having  exhibited  his patriotism both at home and abroad,
Paul B. Struys, Jr. demonstrated his love for  his  country  and  merits
forevermore the highest respect of his State and Nation; and

  WHEREAS,  Our  Nation's veterans deserve to be recognized, commended
and thanked by the people of the State of New York for their service and
for their dedication to their communities, their State and their Nation;
now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its  deliberations  to
commend  Paul  B.  Struys,  Jr.  posthumously  upon  the occasion of his
designation as recipient of a Liberty Medal, the highest honor  bestowed
upon an individual by the New York State Senate; and be it further

  RESOLVED,  That  a  copy  of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the family of Paul B. Struys, Jr.
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