Murkowski Shares Memorial Day Message with Alaskans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Lisa Murkowski today offered the following statement in observance of Memorial Day.


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 “Memorial Day Weekend means so much to us in Alaska – for so many of us, it means sunlight nearly all day, the unofficial beginning of summer, and enjoying the great outdoors.

“But let us never forget the deep, true meaning of this day for us: It means the payment of respect, memories, time and energy to the sacrifices of men and women who have defended the rights and privileges we enjoy today.

“Memorial Day first began nearly 100 years before Alaskan statehood, but even in our territorial days we had Alaskans fighting on our own soil against foreign enemies – one of the few states that can say such a thing.  And it is because of those early successes – and the success of Alaskans from then to those deployed today – that we salute our flag, speak our mind and continue to be a global leader.

“As many Alaskans know first-hand, those successes often came at the ultimate price.  And it is today that we make a small attempt to repay them with our support, prayers and appreciation.  I ask that all Alaskans join me in devoting a few minutes of our time in reflection as a small tribute to those who have given their lives for the cause of freedom.

“Although we may not be able to fully measure the cost of our heroes’ sacrifice, we can commit ourselves to preserving their memory.  So today, I ask that we honor our fallen heroes, comfort the loved ones of those we lost, and carry on our lives in a manner that is worthy of their sacrifice.  May God continue to bless our great Nation.”