This Memorial Day, Americans will gather on the hallowed grounds of VA’s national cemeteries to remember our war dead, pay homage to their courage, and honor those who sacrificed so much to preserve our nation.
I count myself fortunate to have spent much of my life in public service and to have joined an organization where we have a workforce that takes great pride in our noble mission. At VA, we honor those who made the supreme sacrifice by caring for their survivors, for Veterans who returned from battle, for those who served in periods of peace and for their families.
This is, simply, the most inspiring mission in the federal government — to care for those “who shall have borne the battle.” While we have made progress, more work remains to be done to uphold our commitments and our obligations to those we serve.
I am sincerely grateful for the unwavering support of Veterans service organizations and the devoted workforce of VA. Our employees, many of whom are Veterans, work hard each and every day to best serve our Veterans. I am honored to serve alongside them.
On this Memorial Day, I encourage all Americans to pause for a moment and to reflect on those who have gone before us in service to America—and to reverently remember those who gave their last full measure for our country.
Thank you, and God bless all who serve our nation.