"In a nation that stands for freedom, we, as a people, must never forget those who paid the ultimate price so we could be free. Two hundred and thirty-five years ago this August, the British attacked General Washington's troops at the battle of Long Island. Over the following months Washington and his troops were forced to retreat through what is now New York City and into lower Westchester County culminating in the Battle of White Plains in October of 1776 which would force the American volunteers to retreat across the Hudson to their winter encampment in Morristown.
"Their sacrifice has been repeated countless times in places with names like Guadalcanal, the Mekong Delta, and Fallujah. This Memorial Day, as we enjoy the company of family and friends, we should take a few minutes to reflect on those Americans who, with above average courage, have fought and died so we can be free. Their love for this country should only be surpassed by the love and respect that we, as a nation, have for them."