MEMORIAL DAY -- (Senate - May 26, 2005)
Mr. KERRY. Mr. President, Memorial Day is a day of mixed emotions: sorrow for the families whose sons and daughters have given their lives for our country, coupled with universal pride in the great Americans who for generations and particularly today teach us the full meaning of service and sacrifice. The courage and bravery of our young men and women fighting overseas continues to inspire all of us, and indeed inspire the free world and those yearning for freedom.
America's fallen soldiers shouldered a responsibility greater than any of us will ever know. Their families, their units, and their nation depended on them, and they answered the call of duty with selflessness and devotion. Our soldiers did not shirk from this responsibility, and all the uncertainty, danger and honor that came with it. Their families remember them as special sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, and cherished friends. Their Nation remembers them as special citizens. Grown men will touch their names etched on granite walls and will today weep for fallen comrades who gave their lives so that others can live.
In this time of war, and in memory of our fallen heroes, we must be mindful to do everything in our power to keep our troops safe as they keep us safe. We must do better to take care of their families, who sacrifice in ways too many to count.
While we can never repay our Nation's debt to families who have made the ultimate sacrifice, we must always remember the legacy of their fallen sons and daughters: a safer and freer world. On this Memorial Day, I believe it appropriate to take a small step in that direction by recognizing in the record those exceptional individuals from Massachusetts who this year gave their lives, and earned the eternal gratitude of the American people:
Arredondo, Alexander S., Lance Corporal, USMC, 25-Aug-2004--Randolph, MA; Connolly, David, S., Major, USA, 6-Apr-2005--Boston, MA; Cunningham, Darren J., Staff Sergeant, USA, 30-Sep-2004--Groton, MA; Depew, Cory R., Private, USA, 04-Jan-2005--Haverhill, MA; Desiato, Travis R., Lance Corporal, USMC, 15-Nov-2004--Bedford, MA; Farrar Jr., Andrew K., Sergeant, USMC, 28-Jan-2005--Weymouth, MA; Fontecchio, Elia P., Gunnery Sergeant, USMC, 04-Aug-2004--Milford, MA; Fuller, Travis J., 1st Lieutenant, USMC, 26-Jan-2005--Granville, MA; Gavriel, Dimitrios, Lance Corporal, USMC, 18-Nov-2004--Haverhill, MA; Johnson, Markus J., Private, USA, 1st Class, 01-Jun-2004--Springfield, MA; Lusk, Joe F. II, Captain, USA, 21-Jan-2005--Framingham, MA; Moore, James M., Colonel, USA, 29-November-2004--Peabody, MA; Oliveira, Brian, Corporal, USMC, 25-Oct-2004--Raynham, MA; Ouellette, Brian J., Petty Officer, 1st Class, USN, 29-May-2004--Needham, MA; Palacios, Gabriel T., Specialist, USA, 21-Jan-2004--Lynn, MA; Schamberg, Kurt D., Sergeant, USA, 20-May-2005--Melrose, MA; Sullivan, Christopher J., Captain, USA, 18-Jan-2005--Princeton, MA; Vangyzen IV, John J., Lance Corporal, USMC, 05-Jul-2004--Bristol, MA; and Zabierek, Andrew J., Lance Corporal, USMC, 21-May-2004--Chelmsford, MA.