Hensarling Statement on Memorial Day
WASHINGTON – Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) released the following statement in observance of Memorial Day.
“Memorial Day reminds us that freedom is not free – it comes at an incredible cost. Memorial Day has become a time-honored tradition in America, dating back to the days of the Civil War, when groups of women decorated the graves of fallen soldiers. General John Logan officially proclaimed the first Memorial Day on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. This custom has endured for over a century and is still practiced today by the Commander in Chief placing a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
“From Bunker Hill to Baghdad, American troops have died to liberate millions from the forces of tyranny. They’ve stared evil in the eyes and stood for all that is good in the world. They’ve overcome obstacles and defied impossible odds. Even in death, their service brought light to places of darkness and despotism. Because of their heroism, their sacrifices have reverberated throughout the ages.
“As our families and friends gather together this Memorial Day to enjoy barbeques and baseball games, let us not forget the true and solemn purpose for this national day of remembrance.
“In the words of President Ronald Reagan, ‘We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we that we may always be free.’"