Three years after the Civil War ended the head of a veterans association asked folks to go their cemeteries on May 30th and decorate the graves of fallen soldiers. He called it Decoration Day to commemorate those who had fought and died in the Civil War. Decoration Day was eventually expanded to include anyone who died during any American war, was renamed Memorial Day, and became a national holiday in 1971. Many people also use Memorial Day to thank current and former members of the military, especially those who ended up with life changing injuries.
Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) certainly had life changing injuries after the helicopter she was piloting got shot down in Iraq. She lost both of her legs in the crash, but that hasn’t stopped her from leading a very promising life. She’s a woman who has accomplished many “firsts” in this country. She’s the first Asian-American woman from Illinois to be elected to congress, and she’s the first sitting senator to give birth while in office, and also the first female double amputee to serve in the senate.
It’s no wonder that this amazing senator would come up with such a heartfelt and beautiful Memorial Day message to share with the American people.
This #MemorialDay, we remember the brave men& women who gave their lives to protect the freedoms we cherish. We must never forget their service and sacrifice& we must do all we can to honor their courage by upholding our duty to support our Veterans, servicemembers&their families pic.twitter.com/NSpMBucKeL
— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) May 28, 2018
Her post also sends the message that we can’t give up on our veterans. We must do what’s right by them. They’ve fought for this country and they deserve the very best that we can give them. We should all support veterans’ issues like affordable housing, and proper health care even if it goes against what our particular political parties believe in. It’s time for us to fight for the service members who gave up so much for us. Beautiful message Senator Duckworth!
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