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Honor freedom and the heroes guarding it

As we gather together and enjoy the blessings of spring this Memorial Day, I hope you will also take a moment to remember the ultimate gift we have received as citizens of this great nation: our freedom. For more than two centuries, America’s brave men and women have answered the call, defending the strength of this great nation. Through their selfless sacrifices, we continue to live in a country known as the land of the free and the home of the brave. On Memorial Day, we reflect on the ideals our service men and women stand for and the values many died defending — God, country and family. It is also a day for us to restore our faith in country and trust in our fellow Americans. America is a strong and resilient nation, and those who lay down their lives to protect it are no different. On this Memorial Day, as we pay tribute to those we have lost — whether it’s through flags at gravesites, speeches and parades, or a gathering of friends and family — let us renew our pledge that their sacrifices may not be in vain.
Our nation’s heroes have defined the meaning of patriotism and heroism, and they embody the American spirit that has forged a better and brighter future for our children and grandchildren. Therefore, let us continue to uphold the freedoms and values on which this great nation was built — those they so valiantly fought and died to defend. Let us observe Memorial Day and every day forward with gratitude and reverence for the past, and with hope and optimism for the future. Let us continue to support those who continue to fight for our freedoms and celebrate the lives of those who have truly made America the country we can be so proud to call home. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude for their service — one that words alone cannot repay. God bless our nation’s heroes and their families, and God bless America.

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, represents the 12th Congressional District, which includes Pasco County and parts of Hillsborough and Pinellas.

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