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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Pocan Statement on Memorial Day

May 24, 2013
Press Release

Madison, WI—U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement in honor of Memorial Day, Monday, May 27:

“Every year on Memorial Day, we honor the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend this nation and our freedoms. We remember the Americans whose courage, conviction, and character have led them to the frontlines—the heroes who have left us, the veterans who have fought, and the brave men and women who continue to serve.

“These are ordinary citizens—our friends and neighbors, our sisters and our sons—who have taken on an extraordinary responsibility. We must ensure that our servicemen and women, their families, and our veterans-418,000 of whom call Wisconsin home--have the support they deserve. Our heroes have met the call to duty with unflinching bravery and unrivaled patriotism. We owe them the loyalty and commitment with which they have served us. ”

Since 2001, 35,074 Wisconsinites have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, including 1,693 servicemen and women currently serving abroad. Wisconsin has lost 123 heroic men and women from these two wars.  Overall, 418,461veterans call Wisconsin home.