Every Memorial Day, we honor the brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our great nation. Whether they served at Bunker Hill, the beaches of Normandy, the jungles of Vietnam, the mountains of Afghanistan, or anywhere else, they deserve our gratitude, recognition, appreciation, and thanks.
Memorial Day is incredibly special to those of us who served, our loved ones, and our communities. Words cannot express the pain we feel in our hearts for those fallen heroes.
Today, soldiers from across Iowa have voluntarily put themselves in harm’s way to protect their loved ones and our freedoms. These soldiers are our neighbors, friends, and family. They are carrying on a legacy that started in 1773, and we must not forget their sacrifice as well.
It is an incredible honor for me to serve on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee in this Congress. This Committee does incredible work to serve those who served, and I am grateful to play an important part in helping our veterans.
Both my husband and I served in the military. I understand the sacrifices our servicemembers and their loved ones make each and every day. On Memorial Day, we will proudly fly the flag that our heroes fought to protect.
The greatest way to honor the memory of these heroes is to preserve their legacy. We must always remember maintaining our freedoms requires all of us to work together, and these freedoms require sacrifice. We must also do everything we can to support our commitment to those who have served.
On Memorial Day we give a special thank you to all of the Americans who have given their lives in defense of the United States. I hope we will all take the time to admire and respect our fallen heroes. I know my fellow Iowans will not forget them.