Today is Memorial Day--a day for reflection, remembrance, and the honoring of the men and women who have died in service to our country over the generations.
This is a weekend that most Americans spend with friends and family outdoors with the season's first barbecue. This is what Americans love to do; gather with friends and enjoy the start of summer. I don't see any value in criticizing those who enjoy gathering on what is for most, a 3-day weekend. I do see this as an opportunity for YOU, to take the message of honoring and paying respect to the brave men and women who have given their life in the service of keeping you and I free, to your friends and family today.
Please ask those you are gathered with today to pause for a moment of silence to honor and remember the sacrifices so many have made for our freedom. We can never forget those who gave their lives; the past, present, and future generations of America's warriors.
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When American troops first entered Iraq in 2003, we were there. When the government shutdown in 2013 and military families temporarily weren't receiving death benefits, we were there. In the 10-year interim between those events, and in the four years since the shutdown, we've been there, providing several million dollars in direct support of thousands of Marines and their family members.
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None of what we do would be possible without our freedom. Our freedom would not be possible without the ultimate sacrifices of our men and women in uniform; all gave some, and some gave all. Today is the day to remember and honor those who gave all.
God bless and Semper Fi,