Since 1868, Americans have dedicated the last Monday in the month of May as a day of remembrance for those men and women that have given their countrymen the Full Measure of Devotion in the defense of liberty. I am extremely proud to represent five counties in Southeast Texas. Compared to other communities throughout this great State, the families in Hardin, Jasper, Newton, Polk, and Tyler counties disproportionally lend their best and brightest to defend this nation.
On Memorial Day, politicians will participate in parades and pontificate about the honor and sacrifice of our military. And they should. From coast to coast, Americans will drape their porches and windows with Old Glory. And this is expected. Off from work, people will mark Memorial Day as the start of summer with cookouts and trips to the beach. And, this is their discretion. Yet, our nation needs to seriously match the sacrifice of our veterans with the sincere gratitude for their devotion and service.
Our nation has the resources to honor the commitment to our veterans in providing them the first-rate medical care they deserve. The recent scandal that has rocked the Veterans Administration’s medical system is another episode of dereliction by the government that ordered these heroes into harm’s way. This is not in the spirit of Memorial Day.
Over four centuries, our military has paid for our freedom with the blood of heroes. However, once again, a national government is engaged in a substantial reduction of our military forces. This action will only invite international tyrants to threaten freedom. This does not honor the sacrifice of our Fallen Heroes and this is not the spirit of a Memorial Day.
On this Memorial Day, let us begin anew with substance, not just frolic, pomp, and circumstance. Let us remember that our liberty derives from God and every generation a few stand in the gap between freedom and tyranny. And, of that few a select number will give the Ultimate Sacrifice. On this day, as a nation let us honor this sacrifice with commitment and deed.
Through you, may God continue to bless the United States and the great State of Texas