Hoeven Statement in Observance of Memorial Day 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in observance of Memorial Day. On Monday, May 27, the senator will speak at Memorial Day events in Bismarck.

“We set aside Memorial Day each year to reflect on and honor those members of our armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the nation. This year in particular, we commemorate those lost in Vietnam and D-Day, as we mark 50 years since the drawdown of troops began in Vietnam and 75 years since the Allied invasion of Normandy. 

“Our servicemembers and their families have given much in defense of our nation and the freedoms we enjoy, and our state, especially, has a rich tradition of military service. More than 15,000 North Dakotans served in Vietnam, with 198 making the ultimate sacrifice. With deepest appreciation and admiration, we look to the meaning of their sacrifices, never forgetting to honor those who have passed and extending our gratitude to the family and loved ones left behind, as well as those who continue to serve.”

Senator Hoeven will speak at two Memorial Day events on Monday, May 27. In the morning, the senator will speak at a Memorial Day Program at the Heritage Center. Following, the senator will speak at a Memorial Day Observance at the Veterans Cemetery in Mandan.