Ribble Statement on Memorial Day

May 27, 2013 Issues: Veterans
Ribble Statement on Memorial Day

Washington, DC—Representative Reid Ribble (WI-08) released the following statement in honor of Memorial Day:

“Today, let us remember the men and women who have lost their lives in honor of our country. It’s a time to say thank you, but words are just not enough. From parades, motorcycle rides, and picnics to visiting memorials, cemeteries, and laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier…these activities all serve as a way to celebrate the freedoms our fallen soldiers fought so bravely to protect and to express our gratitude for their sacrifice.

“This Memorial weekend I had the privilege of being a part of Rolling Thunder, where hundreds of thousands of bikers ride to our Nation’s Capital to support our veterans and call attention to those who are prisoners of war or still missing in action. I addressed a crowd made up of moms and dads, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives and sons and daughters, all bearing sadness in their hearts from the loss of a loved one. I was just an ordinary person surrounded by extraordinary individuals who gave so much to our country.

“The gold star moms, the wounded warriors, and all of the families who had a loved one taken away too soon…they have experienced something that is impossible to understand without walking in their shoes. And so as we struggle with finding the right words to express our appreciation, please know how much we thank you for your sacrifice. May God bless the men and women who perished in the name of this great country and bring solace to the families whose loved one is still unaccounted for.”