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Memorial Day: A Day to Remember, Reflect, and Give Thanks for Heroic Service

May 25, 2012
Press Release

A Memorial Statement by Congresswoman Betty McCollum

St. Paul, MN – Monday, May 28 marks Memorial Day 2012 in the United States.  During her time in Congress, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) – who serves on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military, Construction, and Veterans Affairs – has been an advocate for our armed forces and veterans. 

She issued the following statement:

“This Memorial Day we remember, reflect upon, and give thanks for the sacrifices and courage of all the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, and their families who have served this country in defense of our freedom.  From World War II to Korea, Vietnam to Iraq, and the on-going war in Afghanistan, our country has been defended by heroes for generations.  I am particularly mindful of the 1,979 U.S. service members who have lost their lives in Afghanistan and their mourning families.

“All Americans owe a debt that can never fully be repaid to these heroes.  But we can and must meet our commitments to the millions of brave veterans who are home with us and deserve the veterans healthcare, education and other benefits they have earned and been promised.  We must fulfill our obligation to men and women who have served, sacrificed, and continue to honor us as veterans.

“In my position on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military, Construction, and Veterans Affairs, I will continue working in Congress to ensure that our armed forces, their families, and our veterans get the critical resources from the federal government. 

“On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind.  As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind.”

Congresswoman Betty McCollum serves on the House Appropriations
and Budget Committees.