A variety of Memorial Day messages arrived over the weekend.
Dr. Manan Trivedi, Democratic candidate for 6th Congressional district:
Parades and picnics - - I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t like either one of them.
But on holidays like Memorial Day, we need to remember to not only honor the loss of our fallen military service members in our thoughts, but we should also honor them by taking action.
For the past couple of years, I have been going over to a local Veterans cemetery in Berks County and taking part in what is known as “Flag In.” This weekend was no different. Often, cemeteries like these are forgotten about and by simply taking a couple hours to place flags in front on each grave means a great deal to their families and the community.
So make a small act of remembrance today. Fly your American flag at half mast/staff. Vounteer at a VA Hospital. Heck, just give a Veteran a hug or a handshake and thank them for their service and for still being with us.
As an Iraq War Veteran, I know these women and men don’t ask for much in return for their service to our nation. But that shouldn’t stop any one of us from giving them the thanks and honor they deserve.
Happy Memorial Day.
Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, 13th Congressional district:
Dear Friend,As you and your family look ahead to the Memorial Day weekend, please think of our service members, veterans, and their families and the enormous sacrifices they have made to defend America’s freedoms.Since World War II, an estimated 26,694 Pennsylvanians have lost their lives for our country. We must never forget the commitment and courage shown by the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for America.It is my hope that everyone takes a moment on Memorial Day to acknowledge the tremendous service of the 2,949 Pennsylvanians currently serving in our Armed Forces and of the 933,404 veterans that have served from Pennsylvania.As the daughter of a Korean War veteran, I take very personally my responsibility to ensure that our troops receive the respect that their service has earned them. In Congress, I have been a steadfast supporter of our men and women in uniform, ensuring they have the health care, educational, and career opportunities they deserve.On this Memorial Day, please join me in remembering those who have paid the ultimate price by giving their lives in service to our nation. Our thoughts are with their families as we honor their memory.
Sincerely,Allyson Y. Schwartz
Mark Painter, Democratic candidate for 146th state house district
I just wanted to wish you and yours a happy Memorial Day weekend! Enjoy the holiday.
We think of Memorial Day primarily as an opportunity to take a break, get out, enjoy ourselves, and celebrate the coming of the warm weather months. And that's great! But do take a moment to remember the men and women who sacrificed everything so that we could celebrate the blessings we all enjoy this weekend: our liberty and the right to choose our own government, which is what political campaigns are all about.Sincerely,Mark Painter