NEW CITY – County Executive Ed Day and Director Susan Branam of the Rockland County Veterans Service Agency recognized a female veteran with a Freedom Award last Wednesday. Every March, Rockland County presents the Freedom Award to outstanding female veterans for their outstanding service to our nation.
“Acknowledging those who have worked and sacrificed to protect the freedoms we enjoy is crucial,” said County Executive Ed Day. “Particularly women whose contributions to building and protecting our country have long been overlooked.”
The 2023 Freedom Award was presented to Dr. Abigaile Taylor who served in the U.S. Army as a Human Resources Clerk for about 10 years. She also managed the Yellow Ribbon Program for the 99th Regional Support Command from 2010-2013, ensuring over 5,000 soldiers and their families received top training, education, and employment opportunities.
“There’s no question, the freedoms we enjoy today would not be possible without women like Taylor who made the brave choice to serve, and it is my pleasure to recognize her service,” said Veterans Service Agency Director Susan Branam.
New York State Division of Veterans Services Director Viviana DeCohen was a guest speaker at the Freedom Award Ceremony and made brief remarks about her own service and applauded fellow female servicemembers and veterans.
“Thank you for your service that never ends to God and country,” said Director DeCohen. “And your extension of service that continues on into the community.”
“We thank Taylor for her bravery and continued commitment to our residents. We are proud to list your name among the women recipients of the Rockland County Freedom Award in years past,” concluded County Executive Day. “I also appreciate the New York State Division of Veterans Services Director Viviana DeCohen for being present with us today.”