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Honoring Our Fallen This Memorial Day

May 28, 2010

Washington, May 28, 2010 - During this Memorial Day weekend, between the barbeques and trips to the beach, it is important for Americans to pause to give thanks to the brave men and women who have given their lives for their country. We all need to remember that every right we hold dear and every freedom we cherish was paid for by the sacrifice of patriots. 

I come from a military background myself and am proud to count my father among the ranks of these distinguished men and women. My father, Marine Colonel Donald Rohrabacher, was a great man who taught me the values of honor, integrity and sacrifice that I am now passing along to my three children. 

As I celebrate Memorial Day with my family, I ask all of you to take time and think about the lives that have been lost protecting our liberties in the defense of our country. Please, hold these brave men and women in your hearts as you honor their memories and remember the sacrifices they have given for us. 

In 2000, I introduced legislation that helped establish The White House Commission on Remembrance to promote the National Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day. I urge you to join me at 3:00pm this Memorial Day, wherever you may be to to pause, reflect, and observe the Moment. 

“The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and 
Patriot grave to every living heart… should swell into a 
mighty chorus of remembrance, gratitude and rededication on this solemn occasion.” 
--Abraham Lincoln 

In Freedom,