By Brandon Moseley
Alabama political Reporter
This is the 12th Memorial Day in a row with American troops still fighting in Afghanistan. Congressman Mike Rogers (R) from Saks and Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D) from Selma both released statements to remember those who sacrificed their lives for us.
Representative Rogers said, “With Memorial Day upon us, not only does it mark the kick-off of summer for most East Alabama families, it is also our nation’s day to remember all the men and women in uniform who bravely gave their lives for our freedoms. American flags decorate cemeteries and line the streets, and prayers are said to honor the fallen.”
Representative Sewell said, “On this Memorial Day, we pay tribute to the service and sacrifices of so many brave servicemen and women who gave their lives defending our great nation around the world. We owe a great debt of gratitude to the willingness and commitment of our troops who have answered the call of duty so we can enjoy the freedoms that we do today.” Rep. Rogers said, “Generation after generation, our brave men and women have answered the call to duty to help ensure all of our freedoms are protected. Each time an enemy threatens our freedoms or attacks innocent Americans, courageous men and women stand guard in harm’s way.”
Rep. Sewell said, “We also honor the men and women who are currently serving in our armed forces, including all of the individuals from the 7th Congressional District and the State of Alabama. You make all of us very proud. As some of us gather with our families and loved ones this Memorial Day weekend, let us renew our commitment to keep our promises to our nation’s troops and veterans. The rights and freedoms we enjoy every day come at a great cost and sacrifice by our armed services, veterans, and families and we must ensure they get the care they deserve and the benefits they have earned. We also pause to thank and honor the families of our fallen heroes. Their legacy and their service of will forever live on in our hearts and memories.” Rep. Rogers said, “As we continue to remember all those who have sacrificed in our prayers, let’s not forget the cruel truth that “freedom isn’t free.” As we pray for those brave soldiers we’ve lost, we should also pray for those brave soldiers in uniform who are serving today and their families they have left behind. Just last week, our great state was happy to welcome home Alabama Army National Guard’s 1/167th Infantry Battalion after their tour in Afghanistan since June.” “The sacrifice of our military and their families is immeasurable, but especially when the ultimate sacrifice is paid. Wreath-laying ceremonies will be held across our nation and across East Alabama as we honor those who served. I urge each of us to lift up in prayer those we’ve lost and their families while keeping those still serving in our thoughts and prayers as well.”
Congressman Mike Rogers represents Alabama’s Third Congressional District. Congresswoman Terri Sewell represents Alabama’s Seventh Congressional District.