Cotton — a former U.S. Army captain — said that the upcoming holiday is a time “we set aside to honor those who have fallen in combat,” and labeled it as the “most sacred national holiday.”
The Republican lawmaker isn’t forgetting those who gave up their lives for the country, as he’s urging people to “take time” to visit and “say a prayer” for the Gold Star families — individuals who lost a family member in the military — as a way to “to remind them that we’re not forgetting their service.”
“Often times, the rest of the world moves on, as it must, but if you’re one of those families who lost a son, or a daughter, or a husband, or a wife, mom, or a dad, you never move on from that,” Cotton said during Friday’s interview with Hill.TV.
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Before embarking on their trip to Japan over the holiday weekend, President Donald Trump and the first lady made a surprise visit on Thursday to Arlington National Cemetery to honor troops, as IJR Red reported.
At the Arlington Cemetery — where over 400,000 service members lie — thousands and thousands of flags are placed at each grave site over Memorial Day weekend as part of the “Flags In” tradition.
The president and first lady laid American flags at the tombstone of multiple fallen heroes’ grave sites, including that of the longest living World War I veteran.
While overseas, the president is expected to tour a Japanese warship.