What do the three previous U.S. presidents have in common? First of all, they are members of a very select, club; living presidents. Yet their messages on Memorial Day also told of something else these three men share.
All of them looked outward. Their emphasis was on others and what others had given. Plus, it was interesting to see that each of these men used the word “honor” in their messages about fallen soldiers.
President Barack Obama spoke about the sacrifice of “our fallen heroes.” He also mentioned “justice, equality, and opportunity:”
‘We can never truly repay the debt we owe our fallen heroes. But we can remember them, honor their sacrifice, and affirm in our own lives those enduring ideals of justice, equality, and opportunity for which generations of Americans have given that last full measure of devotion.’
The 44th president and Michelle Obama work with younger people as the future of politics. They also formed their own production company, Higher Ground, and will work with Netflix, according to The Herald News:
‘We hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the wider world.’
‘Thinking today of David Wright, a Marine who died this month, and all the brave souls who have given their lives in defense of our country. May we honor them in thought and in deed this #MemorialDay.’
Bush told the NBC Dallas-Ft. Worth affiliate:
‘Over the past several months, I’ve painted the portraits of 98 wounded warriors I’ve gotten to know – remarkable men and women who were injured carrying out my orders. I think about them on #VeteransDay and every day. Their paintings and stories will be featured in PORTRAITS OF COURAGE – a book and special exhibit – next spring, and I am donating all my proceeds to @thebushcenter and our Military Service Initiative’s work to honor and support them.’
Clinton spoke a bit more briefly, but his message was clear:
‘Remembering, honoring, and thanking all who served our great country. #MemorialDay2018.‘
He continues to do good works with his family foundation.
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