Memorial Day: A day of remembrance
By Sen. Lisa Murkowski
May 25, 2008
A few years after our Civil War, General Order 11 was given that
designated the 30th of May as a day to remember those in both
the North and South who had died in the Civil War.
This year we celebrate Memorial Day on the 26th of May. Most
of us will only think of this day as a day for barbecues, rest
and fun. But all of us should remember that this day is more
than a day off from work. It is a day to remember the sacrifices
that many have made so that the rest of us can enjoy freedom.
At this very moment in Iraq and Afghanistan men and women of
our military are in harm's way because it's their duty. This
is not new. In 1776 a few brave men believed so strongly in
their convictions that they felt it was their duty to lay the
groundwork for a new country -- a country based on the ideals
of freedom and democracy. Since the founding of the United States,
our men and women have gone off to war to protect these ideals.
Today, those same ideals remain the cornerstones of our country.
Because of our military and our veterans, few of us, fortunately,
have seen the horrors of war. These men and women stand as sentinels
so that we can sleep in peace at night. Yet we only set aside
one day to remember that our freedom is not without cost. But
we remember. The sacrifices made at Gettysburg, the Argonne Forest,
Iwo Jima, Inchon, Khe Sanh, Kuwait, Baghdad and the villages
near Kabul will not be forgotten, ever.
Today, every American should take a moment to reflect on the
sacrifices that have been made on their behalf. To our men and
women of our military, to our veterans, and to the family members
of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, I want to thank you
for everything that you have done,
Received May 23, 2008 - Published
May 25, 2008
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