U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and co-chair of the Senate Army Caucus, today made the following Memorial Day statement honoring those who have and continue to serve our country, including those who have given their lives for freedom.
"As our nation observes Memorial Day this weekend, let us remember our nation's heroes -- both past and present -- who have selflessly served our great nation. May we all understand and appreciate the debt our nation owes those who gave their lives to protect us. Time and time again, the foundation of our nation's democracy has been reinforced by the service of those who have worn our nation's uniform and the families they represent. From the founding of our nation to today, service-members have been asked to protect our nation. Each time, our nation's Armed Forces have boldly answered the call of duty, giving their lives for millions they would never meet. To our veterans and service members and to their families we give our deepest gratitude. To those who gave their lives and the loved ones they left behind, we owe a much greater debt. Without them, the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness could not be protected. This Memorial Day, we applaud their courage, service, and sacrifice."
This time last year, 3,400 members of the Oklahoma National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) were preparing to deploy to Afghanistan and Kuwait. This was Oklahoma's largest deployment since the Korean War.
Inhofe was able to visit the 45th IBCT during their mobilization in Mississippi and twice during their time in Afghanistan. Today, the majority of the 45th IBCT is back in the United States having won hard fought victories while deployed.
Several members of the 45th IBCT made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. Inhofe pays special tribute to their sacrifice.