On Memorial Day, we honor the men and women of our Armed Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the United States. These heroes include many Minnesotans, who have paid the supreme price to protect the freedom and liberty that we enjoy every day and which people around the world long for. We remember these men and women, who served with selflessness, distinction, and bravery in order to secure our democracy.
This is why Governor Dayton has proclaimed Monday, May 28, 2012 Memorial Day in Minnesota. Memorial Day gives us the opportunity to thank those who undertake the great responsibility of defending our freedom and democracy. It is a time to gratefully recognize and appreciate all that has been nobly given by those Americans and Minnesotans, as well as their families, who dedicated their lives to defending our country and its principles.
Governor Mark Dayton released the following statement regarding the Memorial Day Holiday:
“On this Memorial Day, I ask all Minnesotans to take time to remember the courageous men and women, who have served our country, especially those fallen heroes who made the supreme sacrifice. They gave their lives for our freedom and security. We are forever in their debt.
“Let us also remember and comfort their families, who have had to bear the terrible burdens of losing their husbands and wives, their sons and daughters, their mothers and fathers. They, too, have made great sacrifices for our benefit.
“This spring, about 2,700 Minnesotans, members of the famed “Red Bulls,” have returned home from their war zone assignments. They are especially deserving of our gratitude, our support, and our assistance, on this Memorial Day and the days following.”
We owe a great debt to the men and women who sacrificed so much for their country. Memorial Day gives us a chance to honor the many patriots who have shielded the United States from harm and safeguarded our beloved liberties. As a state, and as a nation, we continue to honor the valor and nobility of our service men and women.