Pelosi Statement on Memorial Day

May 23, 2014
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement to mark Memorial Day, which falls on May 26th:

“On Memorial Day, Americans pause to honor the brave men and women who gave their lives to protect our nation, defend democracy, and defeat tyranny.  We remember the sacrifice of those who gave their last full measure of devotion for our union, and for the freedom of foreign shores.  We remember the loved ones they left behind, and the liberty that is the enduring legacy of their lives.

“As we approach the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, we pay special tribute to those who died in the last World War – and to the dwindling ranks of those who made it back home.  Their courage, their valor, and their heroism stand for what is best in America.  These are the traits that humble and inspire us in each generation of veterans, and they remind us of our sacred duty to serve our men and women in uniform as well as they have served us.

“In the past five years, two million new veterans have come home, bearing the seen and unseen scars of war.  We must stop thinking incrementally and start thinking entrepreneurially about how we can get these millions of new veterans the resources and the care they have earned.  We must honor that solemn vow: that just as the military leaves no one behind on the battlefield, we will leave no veteran behind at home.”

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