U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement Friday honoring the members of our Armed Forces on this Memorial Day:
"This Memorial Day, Americans everywhere honor the men and women in uniform who have laid down their lives in defense of our freedom. It is only right that we set aside one day a year to remember the sacrifices of those who have given us so much.
"Memorial Day began as a tradition nearly 150 years ago, as a way of honoring those brave Americans who had died in battle. Today, those so honored include the members of our Armed Forces who have fought and died in Afghanistan and Iraq. Any soldier who fought under the American flag, we remember today.
"Kentuckians understand the importance of this day more than most. We have a proud tradition of service, thanks to our state's military bases and the many brave members of the Kentucky National Guard. Since September 11, 2001, more than 80 Kentuckians have been lost fighting for their country.
"I've met with many of the family members of those soldiers, sailors and Marines who never returned home. I've let them know that their loved ones will not be forgotten by this country. Memorial Day is an opportunity for all of us to let them know that Kentucky will honor its own.
"So this Memorial Day, take a moment to remember the extraordinary sacrifices of so many Americans who fought for their flag and their country. We should be honored to share this land with such brave heroes. Thank you."