In honor of Memorial Day, Congressman Joe Heck (R-NV) honored the lives of the those who gave their last full measure of devotion. Never forget.
Today I’m standing in front of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The monument stands as a lasting tribute to the more than 58,000 U.S. Service Members who lost their lives fighting in the War in Vietnam, including 151 Nevadans.
When you first visit the Memorial, you immediately notice how large it is: 493 feet in length and 10 feet tall at its highest point. Then comes the somber realization that the massive size is necessary to accommodate the sheer number of names etched forever into this stone and our nation’s collective memory.
The next thing you notice at the wall is the stone’s reflective quality. You can see yourself in the names of the fallen and feel the connection between our past and how it shapes our future.
This wall stands as a reminder that we should never again turn our backs on the men and women who answered the call to serve their country.
Each one of us enjoys the inalienable rights, freedoms, and opportunities that come with being an American because of the men and women who are willing to give their lives so the way of life we enjoy will endure.
So, as you celebrate Memorial Day, don’t forget to take time to remember those who, as President Abraham Lincoln said, “gave their lives that the nation might live.”
From the grassy slopes of Bunker Hill to the rugged mountains of Afghanistan, and on every battlefield in between, we give thanks and remember those who gave their last full measure of devotion.