From Sen. J.B. Jennings:
Two days a year are set aside to honor and remember the unparalleled suffering and sacrifice that many American men and women have made for their country. While Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11th and is a day we thank all who have put on the uniform and served our Nation, it is the last Monday of May that we take time to memorialize those members of the military who never made it home. These brave men and women knew that freedom is not free. It has a price. And this weekend we will take time to remember those that sacrificed their lives and paid the ultimate price.
From the Revolutionary War to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, 1,531,036 Americans lives have been lost. Each of those lives lost touched the lives of others – parents, spouses, children, brothers and sisters. Their memory is inevitably etched in the thoughts and memories of their loved ones. In giving their lives for their country, they also gave the days they cannot live and all of the dreams they can never fulfill.
This weekend many of us will be spending time at the beach or hosting a cook-out in the back yard. I encourage all of us to observe a moment of silence in respect and remembrance of all of our service men and women who have died fighting for the freedom we all cherish so much for our great nation.
I believe that President Ronald Reagan summed up what Memorial Day is all about at the conclusion of his first Inaugural Address. Please take a moment to watch:
To all of our veterans and their families, I say thank you and God Bless.
Senator J.B. Jennings