“Memorial Day is a day to commemorate the many thousands of brave men and women who have given their lives in defense of our freedom,” Congressman Lipinski said. “We must never forget how much we ask of our troops, and how much we owe them. In paying tribute to the heroism of those who have lost their lives in the service of our country, we also acknowledge all our veterans and all the men and women in uniform who are currently risking their lives for us around the globe.
We must strive to always bear in mind the singular commitment of our troops. Not an hour passes without their facing situations of extraordinary difficulty and danger, far from their families. Not an hour passes without the father, mother, wife, husband, or child of a service member praying for their safe return. It is not just their lives that our troops sacrifice; it is the tranquility that their loved ones would have known had they chosen not to put themselves in harm’s way. Let us therefore remember not only the fallen, but also their families, both this Memorial Day and every day.”