On this Memorial Day, one of our nation’s most solemn and revered holidays, we all pause to reflect upon the principles that have made our nation abundant. We pause to remember the true cost of freedom and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect it. The brave men and women we honor today selflessly gave of themselves to defend a way of life that we all treasure.

By laying down their lives in defense of liberty, the world is a safer place. We must remain vigilant against those who wish us harm and join together, as we have done so many times before, to truly build a better future.

Memorial Day is one of our nation’s oldest and most significant holidays, born solely of our shared American heritage. Together, we recall the glory and sacrifice of all who have set their personal aspirations aside for the preservation of our society.

May God bless you and those who sacrificed their lives for this great nation of ours.