ALBUQUERQUE N.M. - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement in honor of Memorial Day. Senator Heinrich will commemorate Memorial Day at the Memorial Day Ceremony in Rio Rancho today at 11 a.m.
“We owe an immeasurable debt to our men and women in uniform who gave their lives to protect and defend our nation.
“I am always moved by how many ordinary New Mexicans made and continue to make extraordinary contributions to our nation--from the Navajo Code Talkers and Bataan Death Marchers, to Korean and Vietnam War GI’s, to men and women serving today in missions in New Mexico’s military bases and all around the globe.
“And while Memorial Day is a day foremost meant to remember those lost to protect our nation, I strongly believe we must also honor the families they left behind, and our service members and veterans who fought alongside them. They deserve much more than just words of gratitude for answering the call of duty. We must keep our promises to our veterans and their families so they receive the recognition and benefits they earned.
“Today we pause to reflect on countless stories of personal sacrifice, perseverance, and patriotism that should never be forgotten. Let’s all pledge to honor those great Americans whose sacrifice and heroism made our nation what it is today.”