By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
In Observance of Memorial Day Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D) from Selma released the following statement in recognition of Memorial Day, which was celebrated on Monday.
Rep. Sewell said, “On Monday, we pay tribute and honor the commitment of our brave servicemen and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend this great nation. We owe our country’s freedom and safety to the willingness and courage of our troops who answered the call of duty.”
Congressman Spencer Bachus (R) from Vestavia also released a statement: “Memorial Day reminds us that there is a cost to keeping America free. It is a day to honor the memory of the men and women in uniform who have answered the call of duty and made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can continue to live in freedom. It is also a time for us to offer our gratitude to the troops who are stationed across the globe today defending America and our ideals.”
Congresswoman Martha Roby (R) from Montgomery released a statement after her return from Afghanistan. While there Rep. Roby distributed thank you cards from children in Alabama to our troops serving in harm’s way. Rep. Roby said, “It was an honor carrying these patriotic notes with me and handing them to our brave warriors stationed in Afghanistan,” said Rep. Roby. “I personally read through the cards before leaving for my trip. Each thoughtful note contained a message of support for our soldiers and thanked them for their service and dedication. Our students should be proud of their patriotic efforts recognizing these military men and women who sacrifice so much. It was a memorable experience handing over these notes of encouragement.”
Rep. Sewell has also been in Afghanistan this month. The congresswoman said: “Earlier this month, I had the privilege to travel with a bi-partisan congressional delegation to visit with our troops serving in Afghanistan to see firsthand the important issues they are facing. We were honored to celebrate Mother’s Day at Camp Leatherneck in the Helmand province with our troops who serve on the frontlines every day. This experience has truly deepened my appreciation for all of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who defend and protect our freedom.”
Rep. Sewell concluded, “As we gather with our families and loved ones this Memorial Day weekend, let us take a moment to reflect and remember that the rights and freedoms we enjoy every day come at a great cost and sacrifice by our armed services, veterans, and families. We must also pause to thank and honor the families of our fallen heroes. We are eternally grateful for their service and their legacy will forever remain in our hearts and memories.”
Congresswoman Terri Sewell represents Alabama’s Seventh Congressional District. Congresswoman Martha Roby represents Alabama’s Second Congressional District. Congressman Spencer Bachus represents Alabama’s Sixth Congressional District.
To read Rep. Sewell’s statement in its entirety: