CONCORD, NH - In observance of Memorial Day, U.S. Senate candidate Karen Testerman issued the following statement:
Memorial Day is a day of somber reflection about those who have given their lives in service to our nation. It is a day for us to stop the hustle and bustle of life and truly think about the courage it took to give one's life so that our nation, our liberty and our America could live on.
This Memorial weekend, I ask every American to take the time to visit the grave of a veteran. See that it is properly preserved, and if it is not, attend to it, and say a prayer of thanksgiving for the unselfish sacrifice that was made on behalf of us, our children, and generations of Americans yet to come.
On this particular Memorial day, our living veterans need to know that "we the people" believe in them as well, and are mindful and thankful for their service and sacrifice.
It seems to me that the best way we can honor those who gave their lives in service to our nation is to care for those who still remain with us after serving in our Armed Forces. Many in Washington do not respect or honor our Veterans. Prior Marines are slandered and called "domestic terrorists;" wounded veterans are suffering and dying as the care they need is withheld; a Marine rots in a Mexican jail for the crime of making a wrong turn, while illegal aliens are given food, shelter, and medical care at the front of the line on our soil. Senator Harry Reid attacks veterans who stand with fellow Americans in defense of our rights, and not one sitting senator has stood up to denounce his disrespect.
This weekend, I ask you to spend a quiet moment in thanksgiving and prayer for those who gave their lives in the line of duty. And I ask you to also honor our men and women now in harm's way, and those who have returned home. Write to Senators Shaheen and Ayotte and tell them, "We do not only need you laying wreaths to honor our dead. We need you to condemn the hate speech of Harry Reid, and to use the powers of your office to hold accountable those responsible for the shameful, deadly incompetence and dishonesty within the Veterans Administration."
Our Veterans fought for us. It is up to us to see that our government honors the promises under which they served.