Schakowsky Statement on Memorial Day

May 25, 2020
Press Release

EVANSTON, IL – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, issued the following statement recognizing Memorial Day:

“On Memorial Day, we traditionally remember the individuals who gave their lives in service to our country. This year, as we find ourselves in another kind of war, we must include those heroes fighting on the frontlines right now. They include doctors, nurses, hospital support staff, nursing home staff, grocery store workers, mail carriers, and the many other essential workers reporting for duty during this pandemic. We also take this Memorial Day to remember the nearly 100,000 people in our country who have died because of the COVID-19 virus.

“And while we cannot gather as we normally do to honor our nation’s heroes in person, we can take a quiet moment to reflect and pay homage to their bravery and sacrifice. We must honor those who have answered the call from all walks of life and all corners of this globe, to serve in the United States Armed Forces. We must never forget those who have died, who are missing in action, were prisoners of war, those who are still overseas, and our veterans and military families at home.

“During this time especially, we must do everything we can to ensure that our servicemembers and their families receive all the support that they need while overseas and when they return home. We owe them an enormous debt and must ensure that they receive the health care, education, housing, and other benefits that they have earned through their sacrifice.

“This Memorial Day, and every day, I will stand up for our members in the armed forces and their families and work to ensure that they receive these benefits they so courageously earned. Please take time today to remember and honor the sacrifices so many have made for this great nation.”