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Paying Tribute to Those Fallen in the Name of Liberty

May 29, 2017
Press Release
Op-ed Written by Congressman Lee Zeldin (NY-01)

Today is Memorial Day; a day when we give thanks to those who have bravely fought and sacrificed their lives in defense of our freedoms and liberties. Let us join together in solemn remembrance to honor the tireless guardians who made the ultimate sacrifice. These heroes selflessly safeguarded the eternal values that we too often take for granted as Americans. All good things come with a price, and liberty is no exception. The cost of freedom was paid for by the lives of our fallen soldiers, and their sacrifice must always be held in the highest regard. 
As a nation, we can never forget the courageous deeds of our servicemembers. Regardless of one’s views on a particular conflict, or their positions on aspects of foreign policy, on Memorial Day, we come together as a nation to honor all who fought for our freedom to possess such dissents. It is the brave soldier who departed our nation, away from the safety of their home and comfort of their family, to whom we owe our highest respect and admiration. 
The United States is the greatest nation on Earth because of the courageous men and women who stood in the line of fire to protect us. At a time when the world has become vulnerable to the threat of violence, fear, and intimidation, it is so important that we give our service members our unyielding gratitude for all they have done for us. These heroes deserve to know that, after returning home from conflict, they will be greeted with the care and support from a grateful nation; respect which they have so remarkably earned. It is because of their selfless acts that we are able to call ourselves Americans, a distinction which not only expresses what country we are a part of or our sacred bond of national unity, but who we are as a nation that makes us the greatest country in the world.
Our nation is nothing without the courageous sacrifices of our military members, and every single one of us should be eager to give our respects to all who came before us and paid the ultimate price, as well as all those who are still serving today. God Bless America and our service members!

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.