May 23, 2014

Manchin Statement on Memorial Day

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement in honor of Memorial Day:

“Memorial Day is an important day in our country to pay tribute to our fallen soldiers and say thank you to the men and women who have so courageously served this country and who continue to serve. We claim the freedoms we enjoy every day because of their sacrifices, and it is because of their dedication, discipline, expertise, and most of all bravery and valor, that we remain a safe, strong and secure nation. As Americans, today is a day to show our deepest gratitude and say thank you to all men and women in uniform or to visit the graves of our Fallen service members.

“Today, we should also recognize the families who have lost loved ones in defense of our country. I encourage all West Virginians to seek out those wearing the Gold Star Pin and take a moment to thank that spouse, parent, child or sibling wearing it. These pins symbolize the ultimate sacrifice and serve as a daily reminder to us all that the freedoms and liberties we enjoy come at a steep cost. The weight these family members carry in their hearts is far greater than the button they wear on their chests, and we are all eternally grateful.

“So on behalf of the state of West Virginia and all Americans, I want to thank our veterans and service members, as well as their families, today and every day for their patriotism and sacrifice. May God bless you, the great state of West Virginia, and the United States of America.”

To read Senator Manchin’s Memorial Day column, please click here.