The Ultimate Sacrifice

Today we reflect upon the meaning of Memorial Day and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom.

We will never be able to repay the tremendous debt our nation owes to those who gave their lives, nor can we repay their loved ones who are left behind. However, in their memory and to show our gratitude, we must find ways that we can make a difference in the lives of others and in shaping the future for our state and our nation.

As the Texas Legislature works through this solemn holiday, I am mindful that as elected representatives, we are only able to openly debate issues because of the Americans who gave what President Lincoln called “the last full measure of devotion.” It is because of their courage and valor that our nation remains the greatest in the world.