By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Today, Monday, May 29, 2017, is Memorial Day. Memorial Day is the day that the United States remembers all of the fallen in our many wars from the American Revolution to today’s Global War on Terror. Veterans Day honors those who fought in our Nation’s wars. Armed Forces Day celebrates the men and women of the Armed Forces who protect our country. The Fourth of July honors the nation as a whole and remembers the founding of our nation, the Revolutionary War and the principles on which it is founded. Memorial Day was started after the Civil War and honors those who died.
A number of Alabama’s elected leaders have released statements this Memorial Day.
US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) said, “As we continue this Memorial Day weekend, may we not forget the reason for the holiday. Countless Americans have lost their lives in order to ensure we have the freedoms we enjoy today. So, when you see an American flag this weekend, be sure to reflect on what the Red, White, and Blue stands for and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the United States of America.”
US Senate Candidate former Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) said, “Having graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point then serving our country in Vietnam, Judge Moore believes we would be remiss in not asking our State and Nation to remember those who have served who are no longer with us. Judge Moore lost many classmates and a roommate in Vietnam. Memorial Day is a day in which we here in the United States honor those who died while servicing the Country’s Armed Forces. Remember to honor this day and be thankful and teach your children and grandchildren. Never forget ‘Duty, Honor, Country.’ Have a safe and blessed Memorial Day! From the Moore’s”
US Senator Luther Strange (R) visited Alabama’s Veterans Memorial Park and said on social media, “It was truly a solemn privilege today to help honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our Nation. #MemorialDay.”
US Senate Candidate Dr. Randy Brinson (R) said on social media, “Let us always remember our fallen heroes that sacrificed it all for our freedoms. RIP. #MemorialDay.”
US Representative Mike Rogers (R-Saks) said in a video statement, “I am Congressman Mike Rogers here at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall. This memorial recognizes those great Americans from the greatest generation who have paid the ultimate price and made the ultimate sacrifice For our freedoms here at home. We pray for those family members who have lost loved ones and be mindful of those active duty military and veterans who are still alive and we need to thank them for their service to our country. With that I want to say Thank you for your service and say God Bless America.”
US Representative Terri Sewell (D-Selma) asked on social media, “This Monday is Memorial Day. How will you be remembering the men and women who gave their lives defending our country?”