From soldier to citizen, Memorial Day calls on us to pay freedom forward
Updated: May 24
On Memorial Day we remember the servicemen and servicewomen who made the ultimate sacrifice for the country we all love. Despite some of America's current divisions, the best of us is on display when we look to soldiers, their families and the helpers.
As we valiantly strive for a more perfect union, the love of our country is exemplified in our shared beliefs — freedom, equity, and peace. We must never forget the sacrifices of those who died not only securing our own liberty, but establishing it for others around the world.
These heroes are a monument to duty and honor.
Our duty as citizens is to live by their examples every day by paying it forward through service in our communities. Freedom is a basic human right, but it's defended and gifted to us through sacrifice. The gift enables us to extend happiness and security to others.
We all progress when we lift each other up, especially in times of desperation and need. I am so honored to call the 1st District home. We are answering the call — a call from solider to citizen — as we step up and give back to our neighbors in need.
On this day and every day, we stand with the friends and families whose loved-ones never made it home. To the widowed, the orphaned children, and the Gold Star parents, your bravery and sacrifices, too, are never forgotten.
I extend to you my profound gratitude and wish you and your family peace and happiness. Have a safe and memorable Memorial Day weekend.