In observance of Memorial Day, New Hampshire elected officials and candidates for office released the following statements:
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: “On this Memorial Day we honor the men and women who gave their lives in defense of our country. One way we can pay tribute to our fallen heroes is by renewing our commitment to taking care of veterans who make it home. New Hampshire has a proud tradition of military service, and I join with everyone across our state in remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our security and freedoms.”
Gov. Maggie Hassan: “Each year on Memorial Day, Granite Staters and Americans come together to pay tribute to the heroes who courageously made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our great nation,” Governor Hassan said. “We owe a never-ending debt of gratitude to those who have sacrificed their lives so that their fellow citizens may live in peace. I join all Granite Staters in honoring our fallen heroes, their families and all of our veterans for their dedicated service to every American, to our shared values and to the enduring concept of freedom that is our very core.”
U.S. Rep. Ann Kuster: “Each Memorial Day, as we honor the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice, I also take time to remember the military heroes in my very own family.
“My father, Malcolm McLane, flew 63 missions in his P-47 fighter plane before being shot down in the Battle of the Bulge on Christmas Eve in 1944. He spent the last six months of the war in a German prisoner-of-war camp.
“My husband’s father, Bob Kuster, set up advance communications for the Army. While my father flew overhead, Bob landed on the beaches of Normandy. His unit liberated prisoners of the concentration camps at the end of the war.
“I draw such inspiration from these men, and all those Americans who have sacrificed so much so we can live in peace and freedom.”
Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate Scott Brown: “Today, Americans across the country join together to pay our respects to the brave men and women who paid the ultimate price protecting our freedom. It is important that we reflect on the lives of our fallen soldiers by showing our appreciation for those who did come home. We owe each of our service members and their families a tremendous debt of gratitude for their unwavering commitment to protecting our liberty and freedom at home and abroad. In our military, we see every day the best our country has to offer, and it is because of their service that America has been, and always will be, the greatest country the world has ever seen.”
Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate Jim Rubens: “Today is a day that we all take moment to pause and honor the sacrifices that our nation’s heroes gave in defense of freedom at home and across the world. In dedicating the Battlefield at Gettysburg, President Lincoln spoke of the ‘Last Full Measure of Devotion’, ‘that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain’. Since those days of war on our home soil and as Decoration Day became known as Memorial Day, let us resolve to remember and honor the sacrifices of our American heroes. Grave sites and monuments erected throughout the world serve as a testament of the American people to solemnly remember from Arlington National Cemetery to Pearl Harbor, England, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Philippines and on town commons all across New Hampshire. May we also remember in our thoughts and prayers those who are serving in harm’s way today.”
Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate Karen Testerman: “This Memorial weekend, I ask every American to take the time to visit the grave of a veteran. See that it is properly preserved, and if it is not, attend to it, and say a prayer of thanksgiving for the unselfish sacrifice that was made on behalf of us, our children, and generations of Americans yet to come.
“On this particular Memorial day, our living veterans need to know that ‘we the people’ believe in them as well, and are mindful and thankful for their service and sacrifice.
“It seems to me that the best way we can honor those who gave their lives in service to our nation is to care for those who still remain with us after serving in our Armed Forces. Many in Washington do not respect or honor our Veterans. Prior Marines are slandered and called ‘domestic terrorists;’ wounded veterans are suffering and dying as the care they need is withheld; a Marine rots in a Mexican jail for the crime of making a wrong turn, while illegal aliens are given food, shelter, and medical care at the front of the line on our soil. Senator Harry Reid attacks veterans who stand with fellow Americans in defense of our rights, and not one sitting senator has stood up to denounce his disrespect.
“This weekend, I ask you to spend a quiet moment in thanksgiving and prayer for those who gave their lives in the line of duty. And I ask you to also honor our men and women now in harm’s way, and those who have returned home. Write to Senators Shaheen and Ayotte and tell them, “We do not only need you laying wreaths to honor our dead. We need you to condemn the hate speech of Harry Reid, and to use the powers of your office to hold accountable those responsible for the shameful, deadly incompetence and dishonesty within the Veterans Administration.”
Republican candidate for the 2nd District U.S. House seat Marilinda Garcia: “On Memorial Day, we reflect and pay tribute to the American heroes who answered the call to serve and made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom, our families, and our great nation. It is because of their heroic actions and their sacrifices that America remains the land of hope and opportunity, and continues to be a model of democracy and freedom. We must all come together to honor the strength and dedication of those who have previously served, and reaffirm our commitment to those brave men and women still defending their country. I join all Americans in honoring and thanking all our fallen heroes and keeping those who continue to serve in our hearts and prayers.”