Senator Murkowski’s Memorial Day Message

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today offered the following statement in observance of Memorial Day:

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“This weekend is the unofficial start of summer—although in some parts of the state it already feels like we’re there. But let us keep in mind what this weekend is really all about.

“Memorial Day is a time to remember and reflect on the dedication of our fallen servicemembers, and truly what has been sacrificed for our country. Many left American soil to go fight for our country, only to never step foot on it again.

“On this day we honor those who paid the ultimate price in defense of our liberties. From the soldiers of Attu, to the members of the Alaska Territorial Guard, to our veterans from past conflicts across the globe, we remember our nation’s sons and daughters who no longer stand with us, but whose names and memories are a testimony to this nation’s commitment to freedom.

“The number of ceremonies held around Alaska this weekend—from Byers Lake in the heart of the state, to Metlakatla in the Southeast—this is a true testament to our state’s tremendous support for our nation’s heroes, and that makes me very proud.

“Today I encourage Alaskans across the state to join me in devoting a few minutes of their time to express their gratitude and thank those who have served and to reflect on and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedoms, and the family and loved ones they left behind.

“And as we join in unity to honor the fallen, let us celebrate that we are a proud nation and a free nation. We are forever grateful. May God continue to bless our great nation.”

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