May 27, 2016
Yasmine Evans (Edwards)–202-225-8699
Edwards Statement Commemorating Memorial Day 2016 
“On this 147th observance of Memorial Day, I hope you and your family will join me in commemorating the sacrifice of America’s service members, both from Maryland and across the country. The selfless acts of our departed service members strengthen our nation and we thank them and their families for their service and sacrifice,” said Congresswoman Edwards.
“Memorial Day began as an annual recognition following the conclusion of the  Civil War, when government leaders established an annual Decoration Day to commemorate the fallen Union and Confederate soldiers. Since then, Decoration Day expanded to honor all fallen soldiers from every armed conflict, which came to be Memorial Day.
“During this time of remembrance, I wish everyone a safe Memorial Day weekend with your families and loved ones. May we never forget those that gave their lives to protect and defend us and comfort the families of those who have served.”