Luján Statement on Memorial Day
Santa Fe – Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today in honor of Memorial Day and the men and women who died while serving in the United States military. Luján will celebrate Memorial Day with veterans at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.
“On this hallowed occasion we offer our respect and appreciation for the men and women who gave their lives to fight the forces of tyranny so that we may enjoy the freedoms that are the hallmark of our great democracy. Time and again, generation after generation, brave New Mexico men and women have marched into harm’s way, fully aware of the danger that awaits and the sacrifices that may be asked of them. And every time, these heroic individuals answered the call of duty to uphold their commitment to their fellow brothers and sisters in arms and their commitment to protect the United States of America.
“Our hearts ache for the men and women we have lost, the prisoners of war and those missing in action, and the families who never had their loved ones return home. By coming together today in communities across the country, we ensure that their sacrifice will never be forgotten and that their service will forever be remembered. This Memorial Day we honor all those who paid the high cost of freedom to make the world a safer place. There can be no greater measure of service or sacrifice.
“As we honor and remember those we lost, we also pay tribute to our veterans who returned home. Sadly, not all were welcomed back with the greeting befitting their service. So to all our veterans who deserved so much more for all that they did, welcome home and thank you.
“President Kennedy said, ‘as we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.’ As we offer our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for our veterans, and men and women in uniform, let us ensure that the sincerity of our words is only exceeded by the depth of our deeds. We know that we still have a long way to go to see that we are living up to the promises we’ve made to our veterans. Our veterans have fulfilled their duty. Let us fulfill ours by ensuring they receive the care and benefits they deserve and have earned.”