Since the beginning of our republic, we have called upon our military patriots to defend the American people and our way of life on distant battlefields far from home. And while all gave some, some gave all.
This weekend, we pause to honor the men and women of our Armed Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. I pray we all take a moment to reflect upon the sacrifices of these heroes, so their memory may live on and their legacies are never forgotten.
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day and came about after the Civil War. Americans visited cemeteries and memorials, held parades and spent time with their families to remember and honor those lost in battle. We have carried this tradition forward for generations, and though our remembrance celebrations this year look considerably different, the importance of this day must not be forgotten.
Texas has a rich legacy of men and women who have given their last full measure of devotion in the name of Freedom. From Valley Forge to Vietnam, from Kuwait to Kandahar, from Berlin to Baghdad, our fallen Texans are a testament to duty, valor and commitment.
I ask you to join with me and make time for a moment of prayer and reflection. If you gather with your family, share the importance of this day with your children and loved ones. Say the names of those we have lost so their memory may continue to inspire future generations, never taking for granted the freedom and liberties they so valiantly fought to preserve.
George Patton once said, “it is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.” May we always be thankful, and may we always remain a grateful nation. May God be with the families of our fallen, and may He continue to bless the United States of America.