Weekly Columns

Service & Sacrifice

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Washington, May 25, 2011 | comments

On Memorial Day, we will commemorate U.S. soldiers who have died in military service. We will pause in remembrance of those who sacrificed their lives in defense of our free Republic.  This Memorial Day we give thanks to the men and women who devoted their lives to defending our freedom. It is the duty of our nation to honor and support our service members who have given up their lives for a greater cause than themselves. 

Memorial Day is much more than a three-day weekend that marks the beginning of summer.  It is a day we pay tribute to the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coasties who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. We mourn the lives lost in battle and we honor our nation’s heroes.  Their sacrifice should be celebrated – never forgotten.

Let us also give thanks to those in the U.S. Navy Seals who acted bravely and swiftly when fulfilling their mission to defeat the most extreme terrorist of our time, Osama Bin Laden.  These Navy Seal warriors risked their lives to get the job done.  They are true patriots.

As a veteran and a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, I will continue to support legislation to better the health and the well-being of our service members.  Last Congress, the House passed a resolution I introduced urging all Americans and people of all nationalities to visit the national cemeteries, memorials, and markers on Memorial Day.  It is important to remember and visit the graves of our fallen veterans.

To help protect the sanctity of the final resting places of those who served, I have cosponsored H.R. 430, The Lance Corporal Jeremy Burris Act.  This legislation will criminalize any act of vandalizing a veteran’s gravesite.  It is our duty to protect the sacred resting place of our fallen heroes. 

Not all who serve perish fulfilling their duty.  They return to us as veterans and deserve our thanks and a commitment to serve them.  As you and your families celebrate Memorial Day, I encourage all of you to commemorate the U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their country.  Please also keep our active duty soldiers and their families in your thoughts and prayers. 


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