U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC) today released the following statement honoring our servicemembers and veterans in celebration of Memorial Day and in remembrance of the Americans who served in the Vietnam War.
"Memorial Day is a day that we honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may have the freedoms that we hold dear in the U.S.," said Hagan. "On this 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War it is important to thank the 206,000 North Carolinians who served in Vietnam and to honor the 1,600 who lost their lives there. Today, sixteen thousand brave North Carolina troops remain deployed abroad, pursuing the mission to disrupt, dismantle and defeat the terrorists who threaten global security. Each of us should take a moment this Memorial Day to remember with gratitude those servicemembers who continue to fight to protect our homes and families and especially those who gave their lives so we could live ours in freedom. This gratitude is extended to the military families who continue to provide invaluable support to our troops and their loved ones."
Senator Hagan comes from a strong military family. Her father and brother both served in the Navy. Her husband, Chip, is a Vietnam veteran, and two of her nephews have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hagan's father-in-law, Charlie Hagan, was a two-star Marine General and veteran of WWII.