Obama's Memorial Day Message

The president's weekly address focuses on helping the nation's veterans.
3:53 | 05/25/13

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-- -- -- This week I've been speaking about America's national security. Our past -- present and our future. On Thursday I'll on the future of our fight against terrorism. Threats we face in the way in which we will meet. On Friday I went to Annapolis to celebrate the extraordinary young men and women of the united states naval academy's class of 4013. The sailors and Marines who not only lead that fight but who'll lead our country for decades to come and on Monday we celebrate memorial. I'm officially it's the start of summer a chance for us to spend some extra time with family and friends at barbecues are on the beach. Getting a little fun and relaxation in before heading back to work. It's also a day on which we set aside some time. On our own -- with our -- to honor remember all the men and women who have given their lives in service to this country -- law. They are -- each and every one. They gave America the most precious thing they have. Last full measure of devotion. And because they did we are who we are today a free and prosperous nation. The greatest in the world. At a time when only about 1% of the American people bear the burden of -- defense. The service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform -- and always readily apparent. That's partly because our soldiers sailors airmen Marines and coast Guardsmen are social -- to what they do. Also because those who serve tend to do so choir. Don't seek the limelight. -- surfer aberration or even our gratitude. They risked their lives and many give their lives for something larger than themselves or any of us. The ideals of liberty and justice that make America a beacon of hope for the world that's been true throughout our history. From our earliest days when a tiny band of revolutionaries stood up to an empire. Two 9/11 generation which continues to serve and sacrifice today. Every time a threat as a risk. Americans have risen to -- it. And because of that -- that willingness to fight and even die. America endorse. That is the purpose of moral. Remember. With gratitude the countless men and women who gave their lives so we could know peace and live in freedom. We must do more than remember. We must care for -- loved ones that are fallen service members support behind. We must make sure all our veterans have to care and benefits they've earned and the jobs and opportunity that is. We must be there for the military families whose loved ones are in harm's way for they serve as well. And above all we must make sure that the men and women of our armed forces have the support they need to achieve their mission safely at home and abroad. The young men and women I met at the Naval Academy this week you know the meaning of service. They've studied the heroes of our history. They've chosen to follow in the footsteps. To stand there watch. -- -- ship. -- -- -- -- They are doing their part. And each of us must do ours. So this weekend as we commemorate Memorial Day I ask you to hold all -- fallen heroes in your hearts. And every day. Let's work together to preserve what their sacrifices achieved to make our country even stronger even more fair even more -- it. That's our mission. It's our obligation. And it is our privilege as the -- of those who came before us and the citizens of the United States of America. Thanks.

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