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Dear Friend,

It was an honor for a member of my staff to attend the All American Week 2013 Memorial Ceremony at the 82nd Museum at Fort Bragg in honor of the division's fallen troopers in its distinguished campaigns from World War I to Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

The first Memorial Day tributes were held after the Civil War to honor fallen Union and Confederate soldiers. In 1986, Ronald Reagan, speaking at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, talked of military leaders buried in the cemetery: Omar Bradley, Bull Halsey, Black Jack Pershing – then spoke of the citizen soldiers buried at Arlington: Joe Louis, a sharecropper’s son who put on his country’s uniform after Pearl Harbor, and Audie Murphy, who was one of the most decorated soldiers in World War II.

Then President Reagan spoke of the working class boys who had fought and died in Vietnam and said, “We owe them something, those boys. We owe them first a promise: That just as they did not forget their missing comrades, neither, ever, will we. And there are other promises. We must always remember that peace is a fragile thing that needs constant vigilance. We owe them a promise to look at the world with a steady gaze and, perhaps, a resigned toughness, knowing that we have adversaries in the world and challenges and the only way to meet them and maintain the peace is by staying strong.

“That, of course, is the lesson of this century, a lesson learned in the Sudetenland, in Poland, in Hungary, in Czechoslovakia, in Cambodia. If we really care about peace, we must stay strong. If we really care about peace, we must, through our strength, demonstrate our unwillingness to accept an ending of the peace. We must be strong enough to create peace where it does not exist and strong enough to protect it where it does. That's the lesson of this century and, I think, of this day. And that's all I wanted to say. The rest of my contribution is to leave this great place to its peace, a peace it has earned."

Finally, as part of our Memorial Day tribute, we should offer a prayer of thanks for the lives of the young men and women who have died fighting our current wars.

Happy Memorial Day to you and your family, and thank you to those brave heroes who have sacrificed for us and our country.


George Holding
Member of Congress
Washington D.C. Office
507 Cannon
House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
phone: 202-225-3032
 District Office
3725 National Drive
Suite 101
Raleigh, NC 27612
phone: 919-732-4400

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