Pelosi Statement on Observance of Memorial Day

May 25, 2020
Press Release

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today in observance of Memorial Day:

“Each Memorial Day, all Americans unite in honoring the memory of the proud patriots from every generation who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation, our democracy and our freedom.  In giving their last full measure of devotion, these brave men and women in uniform safeguarded our most cherished values and helped build a brighter future for all Americans.

“As our nation faces a challenge equal to any in its history, our responsibility to care for and support our military families, veterans, wounded warriors, active duty troops around the world and here at home as well as our frontline heroes – the National Guard and Reservists, is more important than ever.  We owe these heroes more than our gratitude; we owe them bold, decisive action.  That is why House Democrats passed The Heroes Act, urgently-needed legislation to protect the lives and livelihoods of veterans, military families and all Americans as well as the life of our democracy.

“On this Memorial Day, we humbly reflect on our nation’s history, pause to remember those who have fallen and continue to pray for peace.  Sadly, as we pay our respects to our fallen heroes and pray for their families, we must also acknowledge that our country is mourning the deaths of nearly 100,000 Americans from COVID-19.  As we carry all those we’ve lost in our hearts, House Democrats reaffirm our commitment to pass The Heroes Act for the people, and we renew our solemn pledge: just as our military pledges to leave no one behind on the battlefield, we must leave no veteran behind when they come home.”