Memorial Day is a time to pay tribute to all our men and women in uniform who’ve ever given their lives so that we can live in freedom and security.
As we gather today please join in a "National Moment of Remembrance” which designates 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, in honor of the men and women of the United States who died in the pursuit of freedom and peace. Let us do so proudly and stop everything, to pay our respects to the men and women who have served, past and present.
This day also reminds us that, around the world, our men and women in uniform continue to serve and risk their lives. More than 2,200 American patriots gave their lives in Afghanistan. Like generations of heroes before them, these Americans gave everything they had—not for glory, not even for gratitude, but for something greater than themselves. We cannot bring them back. Nor can we ease the pain of their families and friends who live with their loss.
But we are the Americans they died to defend. So what we can do—what we must do—is fulfill our sacred obligations to them, just like they fulfilled theirs to us. We have to honor their memory. We have to care for their families, and our veterans who served with them. And as a nation, we have to remain worthy of their sacrifice—forever committed to the country they loved and the freedom they fought for and died for.
God bless our fallen heroes and their families.
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