Their View: Senator to praise troops’ sacrifices

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., plans to deliver remarks at a Memorial Day event on Monday at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Here’s a sampling:

“Each year, Memorial Day stands as the national day of tribute and remembrance as we honor the service of the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our nation.

“This day is unlike other military holidays where the American people celebrate distinct conflicts or moments of victory on the battlefield; instead, we honor the individual soldiers’ lives and the values that their sacrifices affirmed.

“The courage of these men and women has ensured that every man, woman and child in our society can freely participate in our democracy and enjoy the security and stability of this great nation.

“New Mexico has a long and proud tradition of supporting the United States military, with New Mexicans having fought for the Union in the Civil War at Glorieta Pass, the National Guardsmen who were captured at Bataan, the Navajo Codetalkers who baffled the opposition, the marines who patrolled the jungles of Vietnam, and the New Mexicans and New Mexico units currently serving in the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other hostile zones around the world.

“The United States has long benefited from the bravery of Americans and our state is made rich with the virtues of military service.

“Our citizens’ willingness to serve and the honor with which our veterans have done so is shown time and again through consistent loyalty, integrity, and self-sacrifice.

“I hope that every New Mexican will take the time this Memorial Day to remember those who sacrificed their own lives for the greater good and reflect on how each and every one of us can serve those who so selflessly serve us all. Their contributions are the cornerstone of our nation. We shall never forget them.”