FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2007
Monday, May 28 -- Memorial Day -- wraps up the Texas 80th Legislative Session after many months of debate, compromise and just good old hard work. We changed, amended and passed laws, along with a budget, in the democratic tradition. None of this would be possible were it not for the bravery of the men and women in uniform who have defended our shores for generations. This Memorial Day is especially poignant because we have recently lost so many of our service men and women in Iraq. But it is also a source of pride knowing we have such exemplary Americans serving their country there and throughout the world. These men and women from all walks of life stand ready to defend our nation's freedom, no matter the cost. I salute them and I thank their families who also sacrifice a great deal during their absences. I join those grieving sons and daughters, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, because this is the first Memorial Day I'll spend without the greatest veteran I've ever known: my Dad who passed away on Sept. 4, 2006. I ask God's comfort for those mourning our fallen soldiers, and also for me and my family over our personal loss.