On Memorial Day, our country recognizes the more than one million men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while carrying out their duties in our Armed Forces, including the U.S. Coast Guard.
It is a day to honor the memory of our brave men and women in uniform who dedicated their lives to training tirelessly and serving selflessly—to protect our freedoms, keep us safe from harm, and secure our nation. As a law enforcement organization, we know all too well the pain and grief that come with making that ultimate sacrifice.
This Memorial Day, I encourage everyone to take time to reflect on the sacrifices our service members and their families have made to our nation and our mission.
As a Department, we are forever thankful to our men and women in uniform—past and present—for putting themselves in harm’s way to protect our nation and the American way of life. Through your service and devotion, together we continue to preserve the great freedoms and liberties that make us a great nation.
Kevin K. McAleenan
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.