By John Boehner
This weekend we pause to remember the men and women who answered the call to serve their country – and paid the ultimate sacrifice, so that we might live in freedom. Wherever these patriots rest, we offer them the respect and gratitude of our nation.
As President Ronald Reagan said:
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
As we pay tribute to the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who died so that we might live free, we also honor those who are defending our liberties around the world today. They fight not for land or power, but for an idea enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and woven in the very fabric of what it means to be an American: that all men are created equal.
Because of their sacrifice, generations of Americans have been blessed to live in freedom. This Memorial Day, I hope you’ll join me in remembering the fallen and thanking our warriors for their service to our country.