The President in his weekly address reminded the American people that currently there are American troops who are serving in harm’s way and standing sentry around the world.
“There are veterans who’ve served honorably in times of war and peace, and often came home bearing the invisible and visible wounds of war. They may not speak the loudest about their patriotism – they let their actions do that. And the right time to think of these men and women, and thank them for their service and sacrifice, is every day of the year,” the President said.
He stated that Memorial Day is a time to reflect and remember those people who sacrifice their lives so that others can today, enjoy prosperity, peace, and freedom.
“It’s the day we remember those who never made it home; those who never had the chance to take off the uniform and be honored as a veteran. It’s the day we stop to reflect with gratitude on the sacrifice of generations who made us more prosperous and free, and to think of the loved ones they left behind,” he said.
He also noted that as Commander-in-Chief, he has no more solemn obligation than leading the U.S. men and women in uniform and making sure they have what they need to succeed.
He further noted that his administration will not do anything to endanger the lives of men and women in uniform will only send them into harm’s way when it’s absolutely necessary.
Moreover, he said “If they make the ultimate sacrifice – if they give their very lives – we have to do more than honor their memory.”
“The idea to set aside a Memorial Day each year didn’t come from our government – it came from ordinary citizens who acknowledged that while we can’t build monuments to every heroic act of every warrior we lost in battle, we can keep their memories alive by taking one day out of the year to decorate the places where they’re buried,” he said.
“The debt we owe our fallen heroes is one we can never truly repay. But our responsibility to remember is something we can live up to every day of the year,” the President concluded.
Davy Desmond, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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