Despite the troubles of a global pandemic, catastrophic economy, the climate crisis, progressive Democrat Lisa McCormick calls for reflection and thanks to those who sacrificed their lives for our nation.
This year’s Memorial Day will be like no other any of us alive has ever experienced, according to Democrat Lisa McCormick, who said, “Our daily lives, family activities, employment and social interactions have dramatically changed after 100,000 Americans died and almost 40 million jobs have been lost in less than two months.”
“We have heard over and over and rightfully so, we are all in this together. Never in the last century have so many people been impacted to the very core of our existence, where our health and lives are at risk but it is also fitting that we take heart from the sacrifices of 645,000 honored dead who gave their lives defending our freedom,” said McCormick. “Every year on Memorial Day, I peruse famous and obscure texts paying tribute to those who sacrificed their lives so we may enjoy our lives with freedom, prosperity and justice.”
“Although it was delivered on a day in November before the end of the Civil War, and thus in advance of Decoration Day, which is Memorial Day’s predecessor, I have always cherished Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address,” said McCormick. “Our salute to those who came before should inspire us to be better citizens.”
Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that this nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.
It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
“We are being asked by local, state and national leaders as well as our best medical and research minds to stay at home, minimize travel, and keep up with our social distancing,” said McCormick. “Each of us must take personal responsibility for our well-being. With these being facts for the foreseeable future, we are approaching a national holiday that is extremely significant to all Americans and has been since the late ’60s when it was formally recognized by Congress.”
“Memorial Day must not be just another day of self-isolation without meaning or awareness,” said McCormick. “Take this special day, adjust your routine and remember those that gave “their last full measure of devotion” and who paid the ultimate price for our freedom by honoring what they gave to all of us as we enjoy the lives we cherish today.”
“Those brave men and women suffered far more than the inconvenience, discomfort or fear we are now experiencing,” said McCormick.
“We must not forget the battle of the Chosin Reservoir, Hue City, Iwo Jima, D-Day, Argonne Forest or the Second Battle of Fallujah,” said McCormick. “We have lived through tremendous challenges as a country throughout our long history. The greatest generation survived four years of war on two fronts, Americans weathered the 9-11 attacks and our troops continue fighting the longest conflicts of our history in Iraq and Afghanistan, and New Jersey is known as the Crossroads of the American Revolution for good reason.”
“Never before has anything caused us to suspend honoring those who have served and died, nor should we now be distracted from this solemn obligation,” said McCormick. “We are currently asking service members around the globe to risk their lives while performing duties in the fight against COVID-19.”
“These men and women are on the front lines today, along with all of our civilian first responders, doctors, nurses, health care providers and those taking care of our elderly family members,” said McCormick. “We owe a debt of thanks, and we should be willing to pay it on this weekend.”
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