This weekend, folks across the country are opening up the pool, firing up the grill, and taking a well-earned moment to relax. But Memorial Day is more than a three-day weekend. In town squares and national cemeteries, in public services and moments of quiet reflection, we will honor those who loved their country enough to sacrifice their own lives for it.
This Memorial Day, Michelle and I will join Gold Star families, veterans, and their families at Arlington National Cemetery. We’ll pay tribute to patriots of every generation who gave the last full measure of devotion, from Lexington and Concord to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Later that day, we’ll join Vietnam veterans and their families at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial—the Wall. We’ll begin to mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. It’s another chance to honor those we lost at places like Hue, Khe Sanh, Danang and Hamburger Hill. And we’ll be calling on you—the American people—to join us in thanking our Vietnam veterans in your communities.
Even as we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice, we reaffirm our commitment to care for those who served alongside them—the veterans who came home. This includes our newest generation of veterans, from Iraq and Afghanistan.
We have to serve them and their families as well as they have served us: By making sure that they get the healthcare and benefits they need; by caring for our wounded warriors and supporting our military families; and by giving veterans the chance to go to college, find a good job, and enjoy the freedom that they risked everything to protect.
Our men and women in uniform took an oath to defend our country at all costs, and today, as members of the finest military the world has ever known, they uphold that oath with dignity and courage. As President, I have no higher honor than serving as their Commander-in-Chief. But with that honor comes a solemn responsibility – one that gets driven home every time I sign a condolence letter, or meet a family member whose life has been turned upside down.
No words can ever bring back a loved one who has been lost. No ceremony can do justice to their memory. No honor will ever fill their absence.
But on Memorial Day, we come together as Americans to let these families and veterans know that they are not alone. We give thanks for those who sacrificed everything so that we could be free. And we commit ourselves to upholding the ideals for which so many patriots have fought and died.
Thank you, God bless you, and have a wonderful weekend.
We’re sorry to announce that long time Gwinnett Democrat Herb Green has passed away on May 18, 2012. Herb Green dedicated his life to the Democratic Party and we are saddened by his passing. Please keep his family in your prayers this week.
Viewing for Mr. Green will be on Sunday May 20 from 3 to 6 PM at Crowell Brothers Funeral Home 5051 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard Norcross, GA 30092 from 3PM to 6PM.
Radloff Announces Intent to Seek Reelection as Democrat
Louise Radloff today announced her intention to seek reelection to the Gwinnett County School Board in 2012. The long-time school board member will switch her party affiliation from the Republican Party and seek reelection as a Democratic candidate in her redrawn District 5.
Gwinnett Democratic Party Chairman Steve Deak stated:
“We are delighted to have Ms. Radloff switch to the Democratic Party. She has served this county’s public school system for almost four decades and has worked tirelessly on behalf of the children of Gwinnett County.”
Steve Reilly, the 7th Congressional District chairman of the Democratic Party said that
“Louise Radloff has been the finest public servant Gwinnett County has seen over the past forty years. Ms. Radloff has been instrumental in building and maintaining our great public school system. Her devotion to public education makes her a natural fit as a Democrat.”
First elected to the Gwinnett Board of Education in 1972, Ms. Radloff has served as school board chairwoman eight times. She has been active in countless other community organizations including the Gwinnett Rockdale Newton (GRN) Community Service Board, Georgia Commission on Mental Health, the Gwinnett United Way, Gwinnett County Board of Health, and the Salvation Army, among many. Ms Radloff runs the Saturday Gateway program to assist and tutor academically challenged kids. Recently, Radloff was one of five women nationwide honored in Washington, D.C. as a 2012 National Mother of Achievement for American Mothers for achievements as a mother and woman.
Regarding her reelection announcement as a Democrat, Ms. Radloff stated:
“I remain driven to help maintain the superior public school system we have in Gwinnett County. Education is the key to our future. The Democratic Party is and has been focused on supporting public education, which makes me comfortable running as a Democrat.”
For further information, please contact Louise Radloff at 770-923-4784, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.