Pres. Bush, Gov. Schwarzenegger Devote Radio Addresses To Memorial Day
(May 28, 2005) -- President George Bush and CA Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger devoted their Saturday radio addresses to Memorial Day. We post their verbatim words below:
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This Memorial Day weekend, Americans pay
tribute to those who have given their lives in the service of our
nation. As we honor the members of our Armed Forces who have died for
our freedom, we also honor those who are defending our liberties
On Friday, I met with some of the courageous men and women who will
soon take their place in the defense of our freedom: the graduating
class of the United State s Naval Academy. These new officers will
soon be serving on ships, flying combat missions, and leading our
troops into battle against dangerous enemies. They are prepared for
the challenges ahead -- morally, mentally, and physically. The
American people can be confident that their freedom is in good hands.
Our citizens live in freedom because patriots are willing to serve
and sacrifice for our liberty. And on Monday, I will lay a wreath at
Arlington National Cemetery in honor of those who have made the
ultimate sacrifice. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the end of
World War II, a victory for freedom in which more than 400,000
Americans gave their lives. Today a new generation of Americans is
making its own sacrifice on behalf of peace and freedom, and some have
given their lives.
In their hometowns, these soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines
are more than names on a roll of honor. They were friends and
neighbors, teachers and coaches, classmates and colleagues. Each was
the most important person in someone's life; each had hopes for the
future, and each left a place that can never be filled.
We mourn their loss, and we honor their sacrifice. We pray for
their families. And we take heart in knowing that these men and women
believed deeply in what they were fighting for. Christopher Swisher
was a staff sergeant from Lincoln, Nebraska, who joined the Army a year
after graduating from high school. He was killed in an ambush while on
patrol in Baghdad. Sergeant Swisher told his loved ones: "If anything
happens to me, I'm doing what I want to be doing -- I'm protecting my
family and my home."
Rafael Peralta also understood that America faces dangerous
enemies, and he knew the sacrifices required to defeat them. An
immigrant from Mexico, he enlisted in the Marine Corps the day after he
got his green card. Just before the battle of Fallujah, he wrote his
14-year-old brother, "We are going to defeat the insurgents. Be proud
of me, I'm going to make history and do something that I always wanted
to do." A few days later, Sergeant Peralta gave his life to save his
This Memorial Day, we remember Sergeant Peralta, Sergeant Swisher,
and all who have given their lives for our nation. And we honor them
as we continue to wage the war on terror and spread freedom across the
world. The people of Iraq and Afghanistan are determined to secure
their freedom, and we will help them. We're training Iraqi and Afghan
forces so they can take the fight to the enemy and defend their own
countries, and then our troops will return home with the honor they
Throughout our history, America has fought not to conquer but to
liberate. We go to war reluctantly, because we understand the high
cost of war. Those who have given their lives to defend America have
the respect and gratitude of our entire nation.
Thank you for listening.
Hi, this is Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with another California Report.
Monday is Memorial Day, and many of us will be spending a long weekend with our families and friends, relaxing and enjoying life.
I want to take this opportunity to ask every Californian not to forget the true meaning of this holiday.
On Memorial Day we honor the men and women throughout our nation's history who stood between us and our enemies, and gave their lives for their country.
Maria and I have taught our children to honor their sacrifices.
And this is why every year on this very special holiday we take our kids to a cemetery where they honor our veterans.
I think it is important for this generation to know why they live in freedom.
Tomorrow, I have the honor of spending time with World War II veterans and their families.
I will thank them for keeping America free and thank their families for standing by them.
America is the greatest country in the world because of our devotion to democracy and freedom.
But, a country without the courage to support those convictions will soon fail.
And that is why since the very beginning of our great nation our armed services have been the cornerstone of our way of life.
America has the best and the bravest military in the world.
During the last century they made tremendous sacrifices in World War I, World War I, Korea, Viet Nam, the Gulf War and many other conflicts around the globe.
And because of their sacrifices, this country remains free and prosperous.
Today, following in their footsteps is a new generation of men and women serving in our Armed Forces.
They are giving everything they have to keep us safe and strong.
They follow the legacy of our veterans, especially those who gave what Lincoln called "The last full measure of devotion."
So this Memorial Day, I ask everyone to take a moment of silence at 3 p.m. and observe the "National Moment of Remembrance," and remember the fallen sons and daughters of liberty.
To remember their courage, to honor their legacy, and to rededicate ourselves to protect the greatest democracy the world has ever known, the United States of America.
Thank you for listening.
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