United on Memorial Day
David A. Harris
Executive Director, American Jewish Committee
Week of May 21, 2008
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This coming Monday, our nation marks Memorial Day.
It's a holiday with very special meaning.
Since the end of the Civil War, it's honored those who gave their lives for our country.
Countless Americans have died on battlefields around the world.
It's because of them that we're blessed with our freedom.
And it's also because of them that so many other nations are free.
Today our men and women in uniform face enormous challenges in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere.
Since 9/11, thousands have given their lives in this struggle.
Yes, we have political divisions in this country.
But on Memorial Day, we should be united - in honoring all who've served our nation, in remembering those whose lives were cut short, and in supporting the families of those who've lost loved ones.
Theirs was the highest sacrifice. On Memorial Day and every day, a grateful nation owes its fallen a debt of thanks that mere words can never fully convey.
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This is David Harris of the American Jewish Committee. Date: 5/21/2008