May 22, 2015

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Edwards Statement Commemorating Memorial Day 

Washington, D.C. Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-4) issued the following statement to commemorate Memorial Day, observed on May 25, 2015.

“This weekend marks the 146th observance of Memorial Day. While spending time with your family and loved ones this holiday weekend, I hope you will join me in commemorating our country’s service members, both from Maryland and from across the country.

“This annual day of recognition began following the Civil War’s conclusion, when government leaders established an annual Decoration Day to commemorate the fallen Union and Confederate soldiers. In the years since, Decoration Day expanded to honor all fallen soldiers from every theater of war and became known as Memorial Day.

“In an ongoing effort to increase support for our veterans, earlier this month I hosted VETS Count: Day of Service, my annual event that provides veterans with the latest information and changes on benefit eligibility from leading government agency experts and on-the-spot interviews with agencies and companies looking to hire veterans. As a Member of Congress, it is a special honor for me to have both the responsibility and the opportunity to pay tribute to our service members. I pledge to help those who lack access to timely health care and benefits, who seek gainful employment, and those who deserve housing. We need to reaffirm our promise to support our veterans and their families, not just by words but with action.

“I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday weekend as we remember the men and women whose sacrifices we honor on Memorial Day, who defended their country with valor in the face of unthinkable danger. We join together as a grateful nation to thank all those who are currently serving and who have served for their bravery and dedication.”