Pictured: Dave Olender, Major Austin C. Fletcher, USMC and his wife Ella, and Rep. Jeff Jones.
May 29, 2017
"Good morning/evening ladies and gentlemen.
"I am honored to be here with you today on such an important occasion. Memorial Day is indeed a day of reverence, a day when we stop, take time out of our busy daily lives, to remember our service members for the ultimate sacrifice they made in honor of duty and in honor of our country.
"As we all know, Memorial Day isn’t about honoring our veterans, something we should do each and every day, it’s a day to honor those who died in the service to our country.
"As I was reflecting on my thoughts about today, I came across a number of stories about how the grieving families of servicemen who lost their lives in Vietnam didn’t know what to say to their friends and neighbors about the death of their loved one. They were rightfully uncertain about the reaction of their fellow citizens. For, as we know, America did not always treat our Vietnam veterans or their surviving family members with the respect they deserved then and that they deserve today.
"I believe, though, that America is waking up to the importance of honoring and remembering ALL servicemen and women who served and died protecting our freedoms, regardless of the battle theatre in which they served - WW1 and WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and all of the other theaters around the world where we have put our forces in harm’s way.
"Daniel Webster said “God grants liberty to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.” This describes the American spirit exactly. I agree with what President Clinton said many years ago “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.” And I believe those words are never truer than they are today.
"So, again, thank you to the men and women who died to protect our freedom. May God’s richest blessing be upon them and the loved ones they left behind.
"Thank you and God bless America."
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