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The White House
For Immediate Release

WHITE HOUSE VIDEO MESSAGE: Paying Tribute to our Fallen Heroes this Memorial Day


Office of the Press Secretary



May 24, 2014

WHITE HOUSE VIDEO MESSAGE: Paying Tribute to our Fallen Heroes this Memorial Day

WASHINGTON, DC— In this week’s address, Master Sergeant Randolph Pozuelos commemorated Memorial Day by honoring the brave men and women in uniform who have given their lives in service to our country.

Remarks of Master Sergeant Randolph Pozuelos

Spanish Weekly Address

The White House

Hi, everybody.  It’s Memorial Day weekend – a chance for Americans to get together with family and friends, break out the grill, and kick off the unofficial start of summer. More importantly, it’s a time to remember the heroes whose sacrifices made these moments possible – our men and women in uniform who gave their lives to keep our nation safe and free.  

From those shots fired at Lexington and Concord more than two centuries ago to our newest generation of veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, our history shines with patriots who answered the call to serve.  Every chance we get to make a better life for ourselves and our families is possible because generations of patriots fought to keep America a land of opportunity, where anyone – of any race, any religion, from any background – can make it if they try. 

I hope all Americans will take a moment this weekend to think of those who have died in service to our nation. Reach out to service members, military families or veterans in your community, or families who have lost loved ones, and let them know that their service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

President Obama believes that taking care of our veterans and their families is a sacred obligation.  Now that we’ve ended the war in Iraq, and as our war in Afghanistan ends as well, we have to work even harder as a nation to make sure all our veterans get the benefits and opportunities they’ve earned.  They’ve done their duty, and they ask nothing more than that this country does ours – now and for decades to come. 

Happy Memorial Day, everybody.  May God watch over our fallen heroes.  And may He continue to bless the United States.


The audio of the address and video of the message is available online HERE.