Hoeven Statement in Observance of Memorial Day 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in observance of Memorial Day. His public schedule for Monday, May 29 follows:

“We gather today across our state and our nation to honor those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty by laying down their lives to protect, preserve and secure our freedoms. One hundred years ago, more than 30,000 North Dakotans answered the call to fight in WWI, and more than 1,300 died in that fight. We are keenly aware that it is because of their sacrifice, and the sacrifice of all those who have fought and died for our nation, that we can experience the promise of life and liberty which our forefathers set forth. We cannot overstate how thankful we are for the stand they have taken.

“Even now, many men and women in our military, whether abroad or at home, risk their lives to secure our freedom. In this way, they continue to display selfless service as modeled by brave men and women who have stepped forth in every generation to protect our country. The families and loved ones who have lost someone know well the cost of our freedom, and to them we also extend our thoughts and gratitude. May God bless those who have gone before and those who fight now, and may He bless the United States of America.”