Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), co-chair of the Senate Army Caucus, and an at-large member of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Board of Visitors, today made the following statement for Memorial Day 2010 honoring those who have served their country and given their lives for freedom. 

“As American families celebrate the unofficial start of the summer season this Memorial Day weekend, may we also remember that our freedom and the very existence of this great country is due to the scarifies of the men and women who have worn and continue to wear the uniform of our military service.  From the Civil War to today, this nation and its people have set aside one day each year to remember and honor our military members. Out of respect to them, those who paid the ultimate price to protect our freedom, the lives they led, and families they left behind, we pause this Memorial Day to remember and say ‘thank you’.   

“On this Memorial Day, we especially mourn the Oklahomans from across our state who have died in defense of our nation, most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Though their lives were cut short, their memory and legacy lives on through our freedom and democracy.”