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Senator Tom Cotton Reflects on Memorial Day

May 30, 2016

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353

Washington, D.C.- Today, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) released a video message on the meaning of Memorial Day.  You can view the video message here. A transcript of the video is also available below.

Hi, this is Senator Tom Cotton and I wanted to share a special message with you on the meaning of Memorial Day.

Today we honor those brave Americans who gave what Lincoln called "the last, full measure of devotion" defending our country. John 15:13 says, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." Every American who died in our uniform laid down his life for us, his fellow countrymen, so that we might live in freedom.

We cannot repay their sacrifices, nor can we fill the emptiness of their loved ones. But we can honor their memory on this day, and every day. And we can comfort their loved ones, caring for them and reminding them of the nobility of their loved one's sacrifices.

I served in the Army and between my tours in Iraq and Afghanistan I had the solemn honor of serving at The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. Our main responsibility was military honors funerals. But every Memorial Day weekend, The Old Guard walks through the cemetery and places a flag at every gravesite-hundreds of thousands of graves. These flags are a symbolic reminder that we will never forget the sacrifices of our fallen comrades, nor the cause for which they fought.

On this Memorial Day, let us all join in this memory of our valiant countrymen and celebration of our great country.