Memorial Day 2016
By John McCain
Memorial Day is a time of solemn remembrance where we pause to honor the terrible sacrifice made by those who went off to war only to never return.
We remember through ceremony and by celebrating the freedom they fought to defend.
We must never forget what they did in our name. They were family and friends to some, heroes to all - who lived, fought and died for the safety and future of a great and good nation.
Today, Americans are fighting in faraway places most will never see. No matter how remote, no matter how long they are asked to go, it's our duty to remember they have volunteered to be in harm's way to protect us and the ideas and values we hold dear. They deserve our unending gratitude and support.
Every day, I dedicate myself to ensuring that we continue to live in a country that's worthy of their great sacrifices.
Our fighting men and women deserve strong support from their leaders, the best resources and equipment and, most of all, a sound policy and a strategy that give purpose to their actions and return them home with speed and safety.
May God bless them, may we never forget, and may God bless America.