U.S Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) released the following statements to commemorate Memorial Day 2016.
Sen. Cochran said, “The Memorial Day tradition of honoring our war dead can be traced back 150 years. In 1866, women in Columbus, Mississippi, gathered to decorate the graves of the fallen, both Confederate and Union. This noble act just one year after the end of the Civil War helped inspire national observances to memorialize those who died in the service of our nation.
“Today, we mourn the loss of those who have died in more recent conflicts. We honor the fallen from Mississippi, and remember our commitments to the families they left behind.
“This Memorial Day, I hope Mississippians will take time to honor our fallen heroes, and reflect on their sacrifice.”
Cochran, a Navy veteran, serves as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on Defense.
Sen. Wicker said, “On Memorial Day, Americans will gather in remembrance of the many brave patriots who have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of us all. It is also fitting to pay special tribute to the more than 1.3 million men and women who are currently serving – voluntarily – to defend our freedom. We always need to dedicate ourselves to being a strong country worthy of their sacrifice. Neither ally nor foe should ever doubt our resolve.”
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