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President Obama Leads Country in Celebrating Memorial Day

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President Barack Obama is leading the nation in remembering its war heroes, the fallen and those still defending the flag, in a Memorial Day tribute.
 
The president, just back from a surprise visit with troops in Afghanistan, was joined by first lady Michele Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, on a motorcade ride from the White House to the hallowed graveyard at Arlington National Cemetery.
 
With troops in formal military dress standing at attention, Obama walked to the site of the Tomb of the Unknowns, under cloudless skies and in brilliant sunshine, listened to the playing of the Star Spangled Banner and Taps and then placed a wreath.
 
It was a moment of high solemnity on a day for parades, fireworks and picnics across the American landscape.  (AP)

Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today in honor of Memorial Day:

“On Memorial Day, we reflect and pay tribute to the sacrifices of the brave men and women of America’s armed services and the thousands of Gold Star families throughout the country. These brave individuals are called upon to serve America in distant lands, apart from family and friends, and some make the ultimate sacrifice in order to protect and defend us.

“These brave men and women deserve nothing but the best from their government. That’s why, under the leadership of Chairman Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Democrats in the Senate have worked hard to pass legislation that expands health care and job training for our veterans.


“Our responsibility to our nation’s veterans doesn’t stop when they arrive safely back on our shores. In Nevada, I’m pleased to see the progress we have made to reduce the backlog for veterans as they receive the health care and services they need and receive the benefits they are aptly entitled to. However, recent events at the VA show that much still needs to be done. Senate Democrats will not waver in their commitment to our nation’s heroes.

“As always, I remain committed to ensuring that our nation’s heroes have the training and resources to complete their mission while serving and the support they need and have earned when they return home. I wish everyone a meaningful and reflective Memorial Day.”


U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) issued the following statement in recognition of Memorial Day:

“Today, just five months shy of our state’s 150th anniversary, we remember all of the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our country. The inspirational journey of our state would not have been possible without the courage of countless sailors, soldiers, airmen, and marines, whose legacies are felt every day, here at home and around the world.

“As our nation pays respect to the brave men and women who are fallen , we should also take the time to honor and thank our veterans and those currently serving in harm’s way. And to the Nevada families for whom this day is most difficult – the mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, sons, and daughters, who have lost a loved one – you have paid a price beyond measure, but because of your sacrifice, we remain an extraordinary and free nation," said Senator Dean Heller.


Today, Representative Steven Horsford will give the following remarks to honor our troops this Memorial Day:

“Memorial Day is a time when Americans come together as one and remember the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives serving their country. It is a day of reflection when we give thanks for the blessings each of us has in our lives: our family, our friends, our neighbors, our peaceful way of life, and for living in the greatest nation on Earth.

“None of those blessings would be possible without our servicemembers. They valiantly protect our nation, ensuring that peace and democracy can thrive here at home. The freedoms that we enjoy every day are earned, not given. Generations of servicemembers have fought for us out of a selfless sense of duty.

“Memorial Day is a sacred opportunity to remember the lives our heroes lived and commemorate the lessons they left for all of us. That is our task today. As war enters the history books, we must remain vigilant in our understanding that the debt of gratitude our country owes our men and women in uniform and their loved ones is unending and always requires continuing work.

“Here in our district, there are over 60,000 veterans who have been directly touched by war. They have seen their brothers and sisters in uniform fall to the evil forces that exist in our world. And each of those men and women have countless loved ones that also shared the tremendous burden of war. Our state has sacrificed dearly since the wars began, sending 24,994 abroad since 2001.

“These are numbers. But on this Memorial Day, it our imperative we put American faces to those numbers and try to understand just how great their sacrifices have been.

“They have experienced things many of us could not fathom. War is fought at great cost to our men and women in uniform. That’s why they need our unwavering support and love.


“We have an obligation as a nation to care for our servicemembers when they’re abroad and when they come home. That’s the promise we made to each of them.

“That’s why we must strengthen quality health care for veterans and enact a New GI Bill to send returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to college.

“Just as the military pledges to leave no soldier behind on the battlefield, we will leave no veteran behind when they return home.

“And while you are constantly told that you are our nations heroes, the truth is, you are often not treated that way. Politicians across the country today are commemorating your service. But far too often these are just words, not deeds.


“The truth is, our country is failing you at this moment. You deserve the best from us, and you are not getting it. Your health, your job security, your peace of mind in retirement: these must be front and center for Congress.

“We have to fix the VA. It's been too long and too many veterans have been underserved. My commitment to you this Memorial Day is that I will redouble my efforts to get you what you deserve. I will visit our hospitals, I will call on our leaders in Washington, and I will stand by your side until you receive the rightful respect you should have from our public officials.

“It's time for our nation to recognize who you are and what you've done for this country. You've protected us, and now it's our turn to serve you

“Above all, every Memorial Day I am reminded of how I am incredibly proud of our country. We have real heroes walking among us every day: those commit their lives to protecting each of us.

“We are so incredibly lucky to have brave men and women who care so deeply about their fellow citizens and for their country. I am thankful for them every day.”

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