Members of the 69th marching in NYC's St. Patrick's Day Parade
Members of the 69th marching in NYC's St. Patrick's Day Parade

Who Is a Citizen Soldier?

Citizen soldiers are everyday people who willingly put their lives on hold to defend, aid, and protect their communities and their country.

 

Answerable to both the President of the United States and the Governor of New York, the New York National Guard mobilizes in response to natural disasters and emergencies here at home and also serves as combat forces around the world.

 

In a tradition begun in the days of the colonial militia and continuing over three centuries, New York's citizen soldiers stand prepared to assist their neighbors and protect the nation whenever they are called.

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