WASHINGTON (AFNS) — â€œMemorial Day is a time for Americans to honor the memory of the service members who died in the nationâ€™s wars and an opportunity to pray for the day when such wars no longer occur,â€ President Barack Obama said in his Memorial Day proclamation issued today.
â€œOur nation endures and thrives because of the devotion of our men and women in uniform, who, from generation to generation, carry a burden heavier than any we may ever know,â€ Obama said in his proclamation. â€œOn Memorial Day, we honor those who have borne conflictâ€™s greatest cost, mourn where the wounds of war are fresh, and pray for a just, lasting peace.â€
American history is filled with the stories â€œof sons and daughters who gave their lives in service to the country they loved,â€ Obama said. â€œThey were patriots who overthrew an empire and sparked revolution. They were courageous men and women who strained to hold a young Union together. They were ordinary citizens who rolled back the creeping tide of tyranny, who stood post through a long twilight struggle, who saw terror and extremism threaten our worldâ€™s security and said, â€˜Iâ€™ll go.â€™â€
Americaâ€™s fallen service members â€œare forever bound by a legacy of valor older than the Republic itself,â€ the president said in his proclamation. â€œNow they lay at rest in quiet corners of our country and the world, but they live on in the families who loved them and in the soul of a nation that is safer for their service.â€
Memorial Day is a time when Americans â€œjoin together in prayer for the fallen,â€ Obama said.
â€œWe remember all who have borne the battle, whose devotion to duty has sustained our country and kept safe our heritage as a free people in a free society,â€ he said. â€œThough our hearts ache in their absence, we find comfort in knowing that their legacy lives on in all of us — in the security that lets us live in peace, the prosperity that allows us to pursue our dreams, and the love that still beats in those who knew them.â€
â€œMay God bless the souls of the venerable warriors we have lost, and may He watch over the men and women who serve us now,â€ Obama added. â€œToday, tomorrow, and in perpetuity, let us give thanks to them by remaining true to the values and virtues for which they fight.â€