Washington DC – Memorial Day is an opportunity for Americans to reflect on the freedom they enjoy because of the sacrifices others have made, lawmakers told Fox News.
“The only reason we can enjoy the freedom we enjoy in America is because of the sacrifices made by so many brave Americans,” said Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher, who served in the Marine Corps. told FOX News. “It is up to every generation to pass on this gift of freedom, this gift of autonomy to the next generation.”
Rep. Dan Crenshaw said, “This is about people who have never served, who haven’t sacrificed, or who don’t know who has sacrificed, or at least those who have sacrificed. This is the day we ask you to think about it,” he said.
Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL who lost an eye in Afghanistan, said “every day is Memorial Day” for Gold Star families who have lost someone.
Members of Parliament share the importance of observing Memorial Day:
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Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day has been observed in the United States for more than 150 years since it was first celebrated in 1868. That year, Americans visited Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia and other resting places to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers.
The Civil War ended just three years ago, with an estimated 620,000 lives lost.
“We live in the freest country in the world, and it’s no coincidence,” said Rep. Jim McGovern. “Because brave men and women risk their lives to protect this country.”
Rep. Jimmy Gomez agreed, saying, “We must never forget that these sacrifices were made by the people.”
“They’re done by brothers, they’re done by sisters, they’re done by parents, and we have to make sure they’re always recognized and cared for,” Gomez said.
More than 1.3 million active-duty military personnel make up the military, according to the Pentagon. The Department of Defense is supported by 750,000 civilian personnel and more than 811,000 National Guard and reserve officers. service member.
“Right now, it is more important than ever to remember Memorial Day because, at a time when our country seems so divided, it is the victory that we have won over the years. Because all these freedoms that have come are on the backs and in the blood of the brothers and sisters who once left “to us,” Navy veteran Rep. Jake Elsey told Fox News.
“I think it will help bring unity at a time when there is clearly a need for unity in this country with foreign threats and domestic threats,” he continued.
Texas Congressman Sheila Jackson Lee said, “If we don’t celebrate Memorial Day, we’re not a nation, we’re not a patriot.”
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Rep. Tim Burchett said Memorial Day is a day to celebrate “those who never got the chance to go home and live a great life.”
Rep. Matt Gates, who has a Naval Air Station constituency, said, “I come from a region where people are deeply involved in fighting, and Memorial Day is about reflecting, honoring the fallen, and continuing the fight. It’s time to recognize what’s really costly to do.” The greatest country in the world is humming. ”
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