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.
The full text of this week's commentary follows:
This coming Monday, our
nation marks Memorial Day.
It's a holiday with
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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