Senator Obama's Statement on Memorial Day
U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) today issued the following statement as the nation pauses to honor the fallen and pays tribute to our service members and veterans in observance of Memorial Day:
"Today we pause as a nation to honor the fallen who gave their lives defending our security, our rights, and our liberties. We must recognize the extraordinary sacrifices of our most courageous sons and daughters not only on Memorial Day, but throughout the year."
"When I meet with soldiers, veterans, and their families, I am reminded of the deeply engrained spirit of Americans to serve others and to stand up for our values. They didn't hesitate when they were called to serve. And we must always meet our commitment to them, not just with words of praise, but with actions that support our heroes and their families."
"From Arlington National Cemetery in Washington to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois, we recall the sacrifices of generations of our nation's heroes. As we mourn their loss and pay tribute to their bravery, I know they will always be in our memory."