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Paying Tribute to America’s Fallen Heroes

May 30, 2016
Press Release
Op-ed Written by Congressman Lee Zeldin (NY-01)

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance, appreciation, and honor; when our nation gathers together to reflect and pay tribute to all of America’s fallen heroes. 

Since our nation’s founding, America has been blessed with brave men and women who have answered the call to serve; many of whom have made the ultimate sacrifice in order to protect and defend the freedom that we cherish but too often take for granted. In times of war, it is these heroes who stood in defense of the United States, her interests, and the values of freedom and liberty. Their courage, strength and commitment to our country are inspiring, and we should be forever grateful for their sacrifice.

Not just on Memorial Day, but every day, we all should reflect on the incredible sacrifices of our military heroes who came before us, and those who are currently serving today. Their selfless deeds and through their courage and strength we have been able to enjoy times of peace at home in a world so prone to conflict. The United States stands as a pillar of justice, tolerance, and democracy against those who promote tyranny and fear. While it is imperative to give thanks on this day, it will never be able to match the actions and sacrifices of these truly courageous service men and women.

We are so fortunate to live in the greatest country in the world, but we must always remember that freedom is never truly free. Memorial Day serves as a reminder of the human cost of liberty, paid out not only by our soldiers, but their families and friends as well. The wounds of war are far reaching, and it is the responsibility of all Americans to ensure the heroic deeds of our service men and women are never forgotten. 

As a nation, supporting our veterans and their families must always be one of our highest priorities. Cherishing our gold star families and their fallen loved ones should be the highest.

Congressman Lee Zeldin, an Army veteran who continues to serve today as a Major in the Army Reserves, represents the First Congressional District of New York. In Congress, two of Representative Zeldin’s committee assignments are Veterans Affairs and Foreign Affairs.