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Spanberger Statement Ahead of Memorial Day

Henrico, May 22, 2020

HENRICO, V.A. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today released the following statement ahead of Memorial Day.

“Central Virginians have a proud, centuries-long record of service and commitment to country, and each year, we gather to honor our neighbors who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of and service to our nation. This year will undoubtedly be a different experience. Yet, even under our current circumstances, I know that we will still find ways to duly commemorate the heroism of the men and women who never returned home. On this day, I hope we will all find courage and faith in the memory of those who gave their very lives for the promise of our country.

“A year ago, I joined a bipartisan congressional delegation trip to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. In Normandy, I had the humbling opportunity to meet veterans from Virginia who had stormed the beaches on that fateful June day. In their recollections, they shared the stories of their brothers-in-arms buried beneath white crosses — men who were neighbors, classmates, brothers, and sons. In the face of extraordinary dangers, these Americans risked everything to carry out their mission, defeat fascism in Europe, and keep the torch of our nation’s core values alight.

“Throughout our nation’s history, generations of U.S. servicemembers have done the same — laid down their lives in defense of liberty and our nation’s ideals, including beloved children, spouses, brothers, and sisters from Virginia. I am grateful that in my role, I have had the opportunity to meet extraordinary Gold Star families who have allowed me the privilege of learning about their loved ones who never came home. This year, I will be thinking of their stories, and I’ll honor one particular soldier whose mother shared beautifully earnest stories about her son when I met her last year. Her heartbreak was palpable as she described a boisterous teenager who grew up to be a solider. On Memorial Day, we take purposeful time to honor the profound sacrifice represented in cemetery rows like those in Normandy or in the stories of a Gold Star Mother, and we reflect on the bravery, commitment, and sacrifice of those we who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

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