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Thanks to the countless sacrifices made by those who have served in our armed forces, America is still a beacon of hope and freedom in the world, said U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. This Monday, May 28, is Memorial Day and Enzi is asking all Americans to take the time to honor those who have fought and those who continue to serve and protect the country.

“As we spend this day with our families, have a backyard barbecue or head out for a picnic in the park, we should take a moment to reflect on the real reason why this is one of America’s most important holidays,” said Enzi. “We can find its meaning reflected in the parades and public ceremonies that are being held to honor those who lost their lives on battlefields all over the world.  Each event, each public function reminds us of all that has been done on our behalf so that we might enjoy those barbecues and picnics in peace.”

Since the Civil War, Memorial Day has been reserved to recognize, respect and honor America's sons and daughters who died serving their country.

“Diana and I join with all our friends, family and the people of Wyoming in expressing our heartfelt appreciation to all those who have served or are serving in our nation’s military.  Thanks to them the world is a much better place.  We will also say a prayer for our fallen heroes.  They will never be forgotten and their service will always be remembered,” said Enzi.

For more information regarding the history of Memorial Day or for ideas on how to commemorate our heroes, visit