Aloha Oahu Republicans,

Memorial Day is a day of honor and reverence; it is a solemn day. We must recognize an unfortunate fact of life: our beloved country was formed and is protected by the blood of its warriors. As unfortunate as this is we can be thankful, because over the years America has answered the call every time our way of life has been threatened.

Let us remember, more than a million of America’s sons and daughters have died in the wars and conflicts this nation has fought since the first colonial soldiers took up arms to fight for their independence. Each person who died during those conflicts was a loved one cherished by family and friends. Each was a loss to their communities and our great nation.

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Observed on the last Monday of May every year, Memorial Day is our opportunity to honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country.

I believe President Trump said it best in a Memorial Day speech on May 25, 2020,“Today we honor the heroes we have lost. We pray for the loved ones they left behind, and with God as our witness, we solemnly vow to protect, preserve, and cherish this land they gave their last breath to defend and to defend so proudly. Thank you. God bless our military. God bless the memory of the fallen. God bless our gold star families, and God bless America.”

God Bless you, God Bless Hawaii, and God Bless America!