United on Memorial Day


May 20, 2014 - New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.

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This coming Monday, our nation marks Memorial Day.

It's a holiday with 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.

Since 9/11, thousands have given their lives in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere.

Yes, we do 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 heartfelt thanks that mere words can never fully convey.

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This is David Harris of AJC.