[r52] Rep. Yarde: Remembering those who sacrificed for freedom (5/27/2011)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Start Date: 5/27/2011
End Date: 5/27/2011
Memorial Day stands as a time set aside to not only reflect on the freedoms our soldiers have sacrificed their lives for, but also a time to recognize our fellow Americans who are currently and continuing to serve our country as a whole. Our Nation’s history has been forged by the courage of those men and women who pledged to protect our inalienable rights and freedoms by serving in our armed forces.

The United States has seen many wars, with brave members of our military fighting selflessly for our sovereignty. We are privileged to exercise, as United States citizens, our voices and freedoms because so many have willingly given their time and ultimately their lives before us. The heritage we have as a country was founded upon liberty and it is through sacrifice of past and our present that our fellow citizens can continue forward in freedom.

From the Revolutionary War to the recent Operation Iraqi Freedom, our fellow American armed forces have continued to pledge to go into battle for our country. Our safety and our protection are owed to those who have given their lives in fighting for our country, with those fallen Americans recognized on this day.

As we celebrate with family and friends this Memorial Day, fly the American flag to acknowledge the sacrifice and honor our troops have bestowed onto every American and take a moment to think about all of those who have given their life for our livelihood. Please share the meaning of Memorial Day with our young children, grandchildren, or a younger generation you may have contact with. It is very important to keep the meaning and importance of Memorial Day alive both today and for future generations to come.

In 2000, Congress passed a resolution to declare 3 p.m. each Memorial Day as “National Moment of Remembrance.” It is a time where we can simultaneously join as a nation to pause, reflect, and observe the sacrifices made for us through a simple observance of silence. This Memorial Day, see beyond the colors of the red, white and blue and into the hearts of the countless heroes who have made it a symbol of freedom.

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