Our country – and the world – is safer because we have troops who selflessly serve the cause of freedom.
They leave behind their family and friends to travel to distant lands and give freedom a foothold in far-off regions of the world. Ultimately, some leave their family and friends behind for good… one of our nation’s most serious sacrifices, and one that we do not take lightly.
It is a life of service and defined by long, lonely periods away from those loved the most.
It is a life filled with challenge, pitting the skill, training and courage of our soldiers against the full furies of those who would otherwise do us harm.
Yet, thankfully, in every generation, America has been blessed with men and women willing to face these difficulties in order to safeguard our national security and promote freedom.
Today is no exception. Despite the hardships, a new generation of service men and women – soldiers, Marines, sailors, airmen and cadets – are eagerly training to take their place on our nation’s front lines of freedom.
I want to express my deepest appreciation for our armed services and the sacrifices they make. On Monday, there will be a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m., and I encourage everyone to participate.
On Sunday, my retired Marine Corps husband and I will also commemorate this important holiday by participating in Rolling Thunder, an annual motorcycle ride in support of our troops, veterans and POW/MIAs in Washington, D.C.
This Memorial Day, let us not forget to respectfully honor the memory of all those who have earned America’s gratitude for their extraordinary sacrifices for our nation and our freedoms.