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What Memorial Day means to me

May 22, 2009

Washington, May 22, 2009 - On this Memorial Day weekend, while we take a break from work, I hope we remember what this holiday is really about. It’s about honoring the brave men and women putting their lives on the line for us by serving in the United States Armed Forces. 

I grew up in a military family, and I am proud of my clear record while in Congress of supporting our troops and veterans. I recently, for example, reached across the aisle to work with Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-IL) to give our brave defenders a helping hand upon their return from active duty. H.R. 4044, the “Veterans Bankruptcy Bill,” provides our returning national Guardsmen and Reservists leeway on the tough new bankruptcy provisions put in place by Congress a few years ago. 

My father was a Marine. He was a great man, even though he wouldn’t call himself that. And I think of him and his service every time I vote on a bill that affects our military men and women. Every time I visit our military stationed around the country and around the world and I look into their eyes, I feel as though I am looking into his eyes. 

When I am celebrating Memorial Day this year with my friends and family, as always, I will keep Colonel Donald Rohrabacher and all of America’s defenders in my thoughts and prayers. 

In Freedom,