In a proclamation released by the White House this week, President Donald Trump stated, “Memorial Day is our nation's solemn reminder that freedom is never free.” Given its centennial anniversary, the President particularly focused on America’s involvement in World War I. He highlighted the nearly five million young Americans who served and the more than 100,000 who lost their lives in "The War to End All Wars." With these fallen soldiers and the hundreds of thousands more who have sacrificed their lives in combat for our nation, the President called on citizens to take time on Monday to honor the memory of those heroes in their communities. President Trump declared, “In doing so, we pledge our nation's allegiance to the great cause of freedom for which they fought and ultimately died.”
The full text of President Trump’s proclamation of Memorial Day as a “Day of Prayer for Permanent Peace” is here.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: May 26, 2017