Dempsey Thanks Service Members, Families During Memorial Day Concert
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, May 26, 2014 The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff thanked service members and their families for their sacrifices during the National Memorial Day Concert here last night.
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife Deanie talk with John Peck, a former Marine Corps sergeant and wounded warrior, prior to the 25th National Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2014. Peck’s story of resiliency was shared during the concert, along with other dramatic readings to pay tribute to their sacrifices as well as those of their families and loved ones. DOD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Nathan Gallahan
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Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told a nationwide audience that Americans trust their service members.
These young men and women “are willing to fight in every clime and every place. Willing to risk and even give their lives for its ideals,” the chairman said.
On Memorial Day, Americans remember the courage of their sons and daughters in uniform, Dempsey said. “We renew our strength, the strength of our nation for their deep devotion,” he said. “We rededicate ourselves to secure our national purpose: to secure the blessings of liberty.”
On Memorial Day, the country “honors those who honored us -- men and women from every corner of our country and every branch of service -- who gave their lives so we can live free,” the chairman continued.
The nation must look back at the heroes who have brought it this far, Dempsey told the audience.
“It is incumbent on us to look forward,” he said. “They are out there today, America’s sons and daughters. They are in Afghanistan and around the world, lacing up their boots for another day on the front lines of our common defense. In the footsteps of generations before they will march through the day with courage and commitment for each other and people they have never even met.”
Dempsey asked all family members to stand and be recognized for their service.
“Let us show that America will always stand firmly for those that stand up for her,” he said.