Darrell Issa | Serving California's 49th District

Never Forget to Give Thanks

May 24, 2013

It never seems like enough, but sometimes the smallest words carry the most meaning.

We think of Memorial Day as a day to remember our fallen heroes, but it is also a day to give thanks.

Thank you.

To the 19-year old Lance Corporal on patrol in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, thank you.

To the Wounded Warrior who lost a limb but never your fighting spirit, thank you.

To the Veteran whose bravery and heroism inspires our future generations, thank you.

And, on this day above all, to the Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine who did not make it home to your family, thank you.

Thank you for your service, your selflessness, your sacrifice.

We remember this weekend, as well, the heirs of your tradition who are defending our nation and freedom as we speak.  While the threats today are unlike those of the past, the sacrifice is no different.  Our obligation is no different.  And our unwavering gratitude remains no different.

We are in your debt, we must not and we will not forget your service, and we strive to be worthy of your sacrifice.

Thank you.