Maloney pays tribute to the fallen on Memorial Day

May 27, 2014
Press Release

NEW YORK -- Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today released the following statement in tribute to the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

“Today we honor all those Americans who lost their lives in service to country. They answered the call to duty and gave the last full measure of devotion. They put the security of our nation before their own personal safety. They went to war, so that future generations might enjoy peace. They died so that we might live.

“As the beneficiaries of the great sacrifices of our countrymen, we as Americans have an obligation to support the loved ones they left behind.  There are mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, who know all too well the meaning of Memorial Day. The fallen members of our military, in most cases far too young to be taken from this earth, were also survived by close friends and comrades. This day has special meaning for all Americans, but it is particularly difficult for them.

“On Memorial Day we remember those soldiers who did not return from battle, but we must also recommit to serving those who did. For the veterans who still bear the scars of war, let us extend a kind word today, but a helping hand tomorrow. For the Gold Star Families who still grieve, they are in our thoughts today, but we are forever in their debt.”