By Senator Lisa Murkowski
May 30, 2005
Today, we must think of the generations that have come before us, and what they sacrificed. We must think with awe about how they served our nation so bravely. And we must think with pride how those who serve our nation today have carried their spirit forward as we face new threats in a new century.
It is with great sadness that we honor the memory of those who died. But we can also be proud that the memory of those who perished will always be with us.
This year Memorial Day has
particularly significant meaning as thousands of U.S. troops
- many from our own state - are serving in operations in Iraq
and Afghanistan. When Memorial Day was first observed in 1868
to honor Civil War soldiers who died in battle, it was a time
for families and loved ones to remember the brave soldiers who
paid the ultimate price for freedom. I hope all Alaskans will
join me this holiday weekend to reflect on what Memorial Day
truly means to this country and where we'd be without the selfless
and heroic acts of our soldiers."
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