BALTIMORE – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement in recognition of Memorial Day 2015, which is Monday, May 25.
“One of America’s greatest strengths is our unique diversity. On this Memorial Day, Americans of vastly different backgrounds unite to honor those who gave their lives in defense of our freedom. Throughout our history, from the War of 1812 to our ongoing military engagements abroad, men and women have fought and died so Americans could freely follow different beliefs, exercise different religions and embrace different ideals.
“As neighbors and families come together to celebrate this Memorial Day at cookouts and parades, through prayer and reflection, let us not forget the immense gravity at the core of this day. We must always remember that the freedoms we enjoy came — and still come — at the high price of American lives. It is a fitting honor to the heroism and sacrifice of those Americans who died in service to our country, and the families they left behind, that we work together to uphold the values and freedoms for which they gave their lives. I hope this day serves as a catalyst for Americans to come together and rededicate ourselves to striving to bring about a world guided by equality and justice and, united in peace.
“On this Memorial Day, I say a special prayer for the families in Maryland and across the country who have lost loved ones in defense of these United States. I also thank all the men and women currently serving our Nation and look forward to the day when they return home safely to spend this day with their friends and family.”