Mitt Romney’s Memorial Day Tribute: “Every Veteran is the Greatest”

Memorial Day

Lest we forget…

Three American soldiers lie dead in the sun and sands of Buna Beach in New Guinea. Taken in February 1943 by George Strock, this sobering photo wasn't published until September of that year. It was the first time an image of dead American troops appeared in LIFE magazine during World War II without bodies being draped, in coffins, or otherwise covered. President Roosevelt feared the American public was growing complacent about the war and its horrific toll...

How easily we forget the unspeakable sacrifices the brave paid to create our beloved nation. How soon we dismiss from our minds those whose patriot blood saturated soil across the earth and continues to do so – to safeguard freedom.

Governor Mitt Romney today released the following Memorial Day video message:

Thank You
“Every veteran is the greatest of his or her generation. Today, and every day, we thank you for your sacrifices”. ~ Mitt Romney

Note: Senator John McCain joined Governor Romney this morning to host a Memorial Day Tribute at the Veterans Museum & Memorial Center in San Diego, California. A statement from Romney:

“I am honored to be celebrating Memorial Day this year with John McCain. I don’t have to tell John’s story; the world already knows it. But it is what today’s holiday is all about: sacrifice, valor, honor, courage, and love of country. A lot of young Americans are risking their lives in distant battlefields today. Memorial Day is a day to give thanks to them, and to remember all of America’s soldiers who have laid down their lives to defend our country. As we enjoy our barbecues with friends and families and loved ones, let’s keep them in our thoughts and in our prayers.” ~ Mitt Romney

UPDATE – Photo at today’s event taken by The Gov’s body man, DG Jackson shows the crowd:

Romney addresses the Memorial Day crowd in San Diego, CA. Senator John McCain also spoke. May 28, 2012 (Photo DG Jackson)

Today more than 100,000 people will attend activities at U. S. Dept of Veterans Affairs national cemeteries with color guards, readings, bands, and choir performances. Events will honor about one million men and women who perished in the military during wartime, including about 655,000 battle deaths. Make time to honor them today by participating in a remembrance activity (directory may be found here.) Visit a local cemetery and note the information on veterans’ headstones. Go to a parade. Thank the vets you see and their families. Display an American flag. Join fellow Americans for the ‘National Moment of Silence’ at 3:00 PM local time.

Here’s another Memorial Day 2012 Tribute to help us remember why we celebrate today:

Before the day ends, offer a prayer of gratitude for the maimed, the disabled, the prisoners of war, the missing in action, our fallen, and… those still fighting for us.

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9 Responses to Mitt Romney’s Memorial Day Tribute: “Every Veteran is the Greatest”

  1. Marilyn Brennan says:

    What a stirring video for today and great speech by Mitt Romney. Thank you for this fitting tribute and inspiration in my day.

  2. Helen Wells says:

    I just watched the video and listened with pride as our next president spoke so elequently. God bless Mitt Romney and God bless this great nation and the Constitution!

  3. Teresa says:

    I like this guy’s style. His gentle and soothing tone speaks volumes about the peace most of us desire. It’s amazing how he can promote our country’s might without resorting to jingoism like the others do. Mitt Romney is different. I’m going to thoroughly enjoy having a president with class.

  4. Thank you Jayde for taking time out of Memorial Day to put up this post. How important!

    I first saw that photo of Buna Beach when I was about 12 and it haunts me at times to this day. As a fairly serious amateur photographer, I sometimes think of the person that made the photograph and how it impacted him. There are actually many photographs similar to that one from the Pacific Theater and from the Utah and Omaha beach landings.

    Thinking of these men of courage, many of whom were 17 and 18 years old, I recall the quote I read recently that went something like this:

    “Courage does not mean you don’t feel fear — It means you go anyway.”

    Those boys that had to walk off those landing crafts in the first waves in the islands and Normandy, facing incoming, large caliber machine gun fire, knew they were very likely going to be wounded, if not killed right there — and yet they disembarked anyway. None of us who have never faced combat, can ever understand the kind of fear that one feels at that time nor the resulting courage it requires to “go anyway.”

    As to Governor Romney’s speech this morning: Incredible. There is no question he gets it. We all need to do as much as we can to ensure he becomes our next commander in chief. We all need to influence all our friends to not allow themselves to be complacent.

    Thanks again Jayde for this important post.

    And THANK YOU to any veteran or veteran’s family member that reads this post and comments. We collectively salute you and honor you.

  5. Take a minute to watch this short video and try to imagine how our current active duty personnel will view a President Romney vs. President Obama:

    What do you think?

  6. Jayde Wyatt says:

    At the end of a wonderful Memorial Day, it is great to read your wonderful comments!

    I visited a cemetery yesterday and was so touched by the sight of many small carefully-placed American flags stirring in the soft breeze by each veteran grave. As I tread lightly among the headstones and read the inscriptions, I thought about the stories these sleeping heroes could tell…

    Later, as I made my way to a local beach where family and friends were gathered, I paused on a high bluff above the coast. I wanted to take in the sight. Sailboats bobbed on the sparkly blue-green water in the distance while pelicans dipped in the salty air. Below, American flags fluttered among colorful beach umbrellas where families were clustered. My eyes were drawn to the silvery waterline where rhythmical waves crashed on the shore, chasing skittish terns and sandpipers.

    My thoughts turned to the photo on this article – of those three American soldiers from World War II whose bodies lay in the sand. In a faraway place, on a distant shore, what were their thoughts as they faced their final moments on earth? They were somebody’s sweetheart, or husband, or father, brother, uncle, or son. As families frolicked below me, I thought of the moment their families learned they were gone…

    I stood on that bluff and words cannot express the gratitude I felt for them – and for all who serve, suffer, and sacrifice for freedom.

    Every day should be Memorial Day.

  7. Jayde Wyatt says:

    Vic, thanks for that video. It says it all. I remember that particular visit by Obama…

    Our active duty personnel will respect and love President Romney.

  8. Jim Tills says:

    I am a veteran and was privileged to be at the Veteran’s Memorial Museum to see John McCain and Mitt Romney yesterday. Every veteran I met and talked with loves soon-to-be- President Mitt Romney. It is so refreshing to hear a man who loves our Nation’s people, our Nation and those who serve her. You can feel it in his speech and in his presence. It’s not fake nor pretense as it almost always seems to be with Mr. Obama.

    Tears flow fairly freely on Memorial Day for me. The sacrifices made by noble sons and fathers, brothers and sisters and the grief-stricten family members always touch me to the core. As President Romney aludes, no Nation has paid more in blood and treasure than the United States of America and never asked for any land in return—except for a small amount on which to bury our precious dead who gave their lives to ensure freedom for those whose lands they helped liberate or keep free.

    Even as I type these words, I can not keep tears from falling as I think of my own loved ones who died for the freedom that our inspired Constitution provides for us. Yes, Memorial Day, a day for remembering and committing to do everything in our power to maintain the principles enshrined in that inspired document and sanctified by the sacrifices of our founding fathers and upheld by the bloodshed and sacrifices of faithful Americans ever since.

  9. Vic Lundquist says:

    Jim, thank you for your comment. Most of all, thank you for your service to our nation.