President Franklin Roosevelt once said, “Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy, forget in time that men and women have died to win them.”
But this Memorial Day, as we once again join together in spirit, we refuse to forget all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedom. In this 75th anniversary year of World War II, we especially think of all those of our Greatest Generation who answered their nation’s call to save the world from totalitarianism.
Today, as we commemorate all of the soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coast guardsmen who have given their lives for this country, may we resolve to carry their memories and their spirit with us always. And let us resolve to follow their example, to stand up for the well-being of our nation even when it requires sacrifice, and to always keep America a beacon of hope, equality, and freedom.
In this challenging year, I wish for you and your families a thoughtful and safe Memorial Day.
All my best,
Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon