I often look to history and reflect on my own family each Memorial Day. Today, in history, I think back to President Lincoln. In 1863 at Gettysburg, President Lincoln reminded us that through their deeds, the dead had spoken more eloquently for themselves than any of the living ever could, and that we living could only honor them by rededicating ourselves to the cause for which they so willingly gave a last full measure of devotion.
“…that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion, that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God, …and that government of the people by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth.” –Abraham Lincoln
Throughout America today, we honor the dead of our wars. We recall their valor and their sacrifices. We remember they gave their lives so that others might live. And too, we must never forget those men and women still serving today.
One way to honor those who served or may still be serving is to gather together and rededicate ourselves to securing the answers for the families of those missing in action or imprisoned in a foreign country. Today, I ask each of you to take time to rededicate yourself by offering your aid, your support, and your prayers to those families who are still sacrificing and suffering. They are still giving their full measure of that same singular devotion to our nation and to our way of life. Let us never forget our missing friends and work single-mindedly to bring our heroes home.