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Pace Urges Reflection in Memorial Day Message

By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2007 – On the eve of the Memorial Day weekend, the top U.S. military officer today released a message reminding Americans to reflect on the sacrifices of servicemembers past and present.

“On this Memorial Day, as we remember our fallen comrades in arms, let us reflect upon the countless battles with now familiar names such as Yorktown, Gettysburg, Iwo Jima, Chosin, Hue City, Mazar-e-Sharif, and Fallujah,” Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a written Memorial Day message. “Each one reminds us that liberty has a cost, and that freedom is not free.”

Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor the troops who have given their lives for freedom, Pace wrote.

“America honors those who gave their lives -- and all of their tomorrows -- so that we might live in peace,” he wrote. “We acknowledge their sacrifice and pledge our own service to their memory -- emulating their courage and dedication. Their legacy sets an enduring example for our 2.4 million active, Guard, and Reserve military members serving today.”

Pace reminded Americans that those who have died in service to the country left behind families, and that freedoms this country enjoys have come at a high price.

“The Joint Chiefs of Staff and I join the citizens of our great nation in tribute to our military men and women who have given their lives for our country,” he wrote. “We hold them and their families in our hearts and prayers today, and every day.”

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