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We Remember Rockland Resident & US Navy Seal Sean Flynn

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Photo by Rockland Report

Chief Petty Officer Sean Michael Flynn, U.S. Navy SEAL, 36, peacefully passed away of cancer on Feb. 1, 2009, in his home. Sean was born and raised in the Village of Suffern, N.Y., playing Football, Lacrosse, and Hockey for Suffern HS (Suffern Central SD).

He moved to Virginia Beach in 1997 after joining the U.S. Navy. Sean was a highly decorated Special Operations Chief who had earned 3 Bronze Stars with Valor and other numerous awards. Chief Flynn loved sky diving and was a certified advance freefall instructor, tandem master, and an avid free flyer. He had been on a long list of life or death missions, but it was Rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft-tissue cancer that claimed his life.

In 2011, the New Jersey Transit train station in Suffern, NY was dedicated in the memory of Chief Sean Flynn.

Sean was a true hero and his country will long remember his valor. 🇺🇸

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Rockland LGBTQ Pride Sunday Celebrates 25 Years June 9th

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On Sunday, June 9 from 11am to 5pm, the Village of Nyack will host the 25th Annual Rockland Pride Sunday, the oldest LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) Pride celebration in the Hudson Valley.

This year’s event features a parade, which steps off at 11:30am, vendors, live performances, music, speeches, and activities for children, families, and teens. 

Why is June Pride Month? Because it was in June of 1969 that New York City’s Stonewall Riots took place in New York City, giving birth to the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement.

As it does each year, Rockland County Pride Center will host a family-friendly street fair designed to celebrate LGBTQ+ history,  elected officials to show their support for our community, and give parents of LGBTQ+ young people an opportunity to see happy, successful LGBTQ+ adults. 

This year’s event is supported by grants from the Rockland County Department of Economic Development & Tourism and Arts Westchester. A full sponsor list will be available at the event. 

WHAT:               25TH Annual Rockland Pride Sunday

WHERE:            Downtown Nyack, NY

WHEN:               Sunday June 9, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

                             Parade step-off: 11:30 a.m., Memorial Park

                             Speaking Program: 12:00 noon, Hezekiah Easter Park Gazebo

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Remember The Incredible Sacrifice Our Brave Men And Women Made For Our Continued Freedom

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On May 27th we are honoring and remembering the military servicemen and women whose lives were lost while serving this great country.

There are some days throughout the year when it feels great to be an American. One of those days is Memorial Day. It’s the first official cookout of the year. It becomes acceptable to eat watermelon straight from the rind and corn on the cob. Memorial Day weekend is when pools open and moms start nagging their kids about wearing enough sunscreen and not tracking water into the house. We are on the verge of popsicles, hamburgers, and cakes with strawberries and blueberries in the shape of an American flag.  

When life is good, we wrap ourselves up in it and so often forget the meaning of days like today. Like so many other holidays, the meaning of Memorial Day is often lost in the midst of celebration and relief at days off of work and school. What exactly are we celebrating? Today is the day we remember the fallen. We remember those who gave their lives fighting for a better tomorrow.

 

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