May 31, 2021 – The Lincoln Project today released the following statement:
“In his Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln spoke of our Nation’s obligation to repay our debt to those who died in service to our country when he said… ‘that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.’
“As we stand in the long shadows cast by true patriots—heroes—gone too soon, let us never forget their sacrifice or their commitment to prioritize country before self. May we never lose sight of or forsake the precious, fragile mission so many have paid the ultimate price to protect and defend.
“Today and always, let us remember that freedom is not free and the debt paid was the spilled blood of our countrymen and women. Let us recognize the courage that it takes to stand on the front lines in the name of liberty and justice for all.
“Those who would defile our country for selfish ambitions and political gain are treasonous cowards. They are undeserving of the perseverance and sense of duty of those called to serve in our Armed Forces.
“On this Memorial Day, let us commit to be worthy of the sacrifice too many have made for freedoms we take for granted. Let us be steadfast in honoring those who gave all. May our thoughts and prayers settle on those who are mourning today. May they feel pride and be comforted by the sincere gratitude of a nation forever indebted to them.”