President Obama called on Saturday for Americans to remember fallen U.S. soldiers as they celebrate Memorial Day this weekend.
"They are heroes, each and every one," Obama said of soldiers who have been killed in battle. "They gave America the most precious thing they had – 'the last full measure of devotion.' And because they did, we are who we are today – a free and prosperous nation, the greatest in the world."
"At a time when only about one percent of the American people bear the burden of our defense, the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform isn’t always readily apparent," Obama said.
He added that "every time a threat has risen, Americans have risen to meet it. And because of that courage – that willingness to fight, and even die – America endures."
"That is the purpose of Memorial Day," Obama said. "To remember with gratitude the countless men and women who gave their lives so we could know peace and live in freedom.
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Saturday, May 25, 2013
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