May 23, 2015

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 homage to our fallen soldiers and thank the men and women who have served, and continue to serve, this country with valor and distinction. It is because of their dedication, discipline, expertise, and bravery that we remain a strong and secure nation.

“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 sincerely 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.”