In Uncategorized on May 29, 2007 at 5:27 pm

Yesterday, I celebrated Memorial Day with veterans and residents in several communities in Bergen County. I hope that you, too, were able to take a moment from your time with family and friends to reflect upon the peace and freedom that America’s veterans have secured on our behalf. Please take some time to thank a veteran, a servicemember, or a military family this week.

I wanted to share with you my remarks from yesterday’s Memorial Day ceremonies as well:

Good morning. Since the time of the Civil War, Americans have marked this day with remembrance and gratitude for our fallen heroes. I appreciate your taking time today to join in community and prayer and remembrance to honor those brave souls who gave that last full measure of devotion to their nation.

Whether participating in a parade or a family picnic or a quiet memorial service, our thoughts turn toward the men and women who breathed life into the adage that “Freedom is not free.” We celebrate their memories by celebrating the lives that they have enabled us to live.

Over the past several years, Memorial Day has taken on an added dimension. As we remember those who have fallen, we should pause to remember the brave men and women who have followed in their footsteps; the sons and daughters, brothers and sisters who today serve on the front lines for freedom. Whether they are in combat in Iraq or on air patrol over the skies of New York City, they daily put their lives on the line for our freedom. They have chosen the greater good over their personal interests, and we should not wait for them to perish before we thank them for their sacrifice.

So, wear a red poppy today and this week to mark Memorial Day. But, better yet, honor the memories of those who have passed by thanking a soldier who serves that same grand vision of peace and freedom and opportunity today.

May God bless the men and women of the Armed Services and may God continue to bless the United States of America.


Scott Garrett
Member of Congress

  1. Can anyone tell me if Scott Garrett has done anything since his election to Congress besides wrap himself in the flag on every patriotic holiday? Where’s the beef?

  2. well you would never know besides this blog the loco papers dont cover him at all…I can get you a subscription to his news letter so you can get up to speed…if you like..

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