For many western Pennsylvanians, Memorial Day marks the start of a summer full of family barbecues and fun under the sun.
While there are few experiences more American than enjoying hot dogs and hamburgers with family and friends, it is important that we remember and honor all those who sacrificed so much to secure our nation's freedom, peace, and prosperity.
American Revolution to World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Memorial Day is an opportunity for us to come together as a nation to honor their lives and give thanks for their service and sacrifice.
Memorial Day traditions like visiting military cemeteries and monuments are good ways to reflect upon and remember our nation's fallen heroes. I appreciated the opportunity this week to come together with a bipartisan group of freshmen Members of Congress to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. We paid our respects to all of our nation's fallen heroes, especially those who are known only to God.
It was an honor this week to welcome over 100 World War II and Korean War veterans from western Pennsylvania to our nation's capital and join them for a special service at the National World War II Memorial. Together we honored and remembered their fallen brothers and sisters in arms who made the ultimate sacrifice while storming beaches and scaling mountains in the fight against evil and oppression.
We should also honor our nation's fallen heroes by supporting the heroes still among us: our troops and our veterans. The debt we owe these men and women can never be repaid. We must ensure that they are afforded the respect and support they have earned. As part of that effort, I am working closely with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to address the benefits backlog, shore up veterans' mental health and suicide prevention services, and ensure that our veterans receive the highest quality of health care.
This Memorial Day, please take some time to honor, remember, and give thanks for all those who have served our nation. You can find a list of Memorial Day events around Western Pennsylvania on the website at Rothfus.House.gov/Memorial-Day-Events. There are also many military and veterans' service organizations that accept donations, letters, and volunteer support.
You can learn more about how to help our service members and veterans at Rothfus.House.gov/Helping-Service-Members-Military-Families-and-Veterans.
Serving our troops and veterans is one of my top priorities. If you or your family member is a service member or veteran in need of assistance, please feel free to call the Ross Township office at 412-837-1361, the Beaver office at 724-359-1626, or the Johnstown office at 814-619-3659. We are here to help.
Congressman Keith Rothfus
A Republicatn representing the 12th District which includes parts of Somerset County.