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U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry
Dear Friends,

Today is Memorial Day, a day to honor the men and women who gave their lives in the service of our country.  Today is a day to reflect on their sacrifices to protect us and our freedoms.  Today is a day to remember and thank the loved ones they left behind. 

In a speech before a joint session of Congress in 1945, President Harry S. Truman reminded the country that “[o]ur debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid.  They have earned our undying gratitude.  America will never forget their sacrifices.”  President Truman was referring to the men and women who died fighting in World War II and the sacrifices they not only made for our country, but for the world.

The last 70 years have been remarkable.  At times it is hard to get away from the steady drumbeat of news of the moment and reflect about what we have accomplished.  Life expectancy, quality of life, and the number of people living in democracy are all dramatically better than they were when Truman spoke.  Civilization has made more progress in the last 70 years than any similar period in history.  Behind much of that progress is the service and sacrifice of the American military. They are the base on which this progress rests.

On this Memorial Day, we thank those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms and reflect on what our country, especially our military, has accomplished.  And we should also resolve not to ever take those things for granted.

I encourage you to also think about the families who are left behind by these brave servicemembers.  Many of us cannot begin to understand the burden families of our fallen soldiers carry, but we can join them in remembering the remarkable lives of their loved ones.

Sally and I are grateful for those who serve and those who have served.  We hope that you join us in remembering and honoring the military men and women who lost their lives fighting for our country.

Sincerely,
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