Senior leaders issue Memorial Day message

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  • By Janie Santos
  • Defense Media Activity-San Antonio
In a joint Letter to Airmen, the Air Force secretary and chief of staff send their Memorial Day message to Airmen and their families worldwide. 
Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz ask Airmen to take this time to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

"Memorial Day has served as an opportunity to pause and reflect on the sacrifices of the more than one million Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen who have made the ultimate sacrifice to secure our freedoms, they said.

The secretary and chief also want to honor the families of those who have been wounded or died.

"Join us as we honor the families of those wounded or who have fallen in defense of our freedoms, " Secretary Donley and  General Schwartz said. "Husbands and wives, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, they all serve and sacrifice in their own quiet, but certainly consequential and valued way." 

"This Memorial Day, let us as a nation and a service renew our commitment to those wearing the nation's cloth, and to their families."

This message in addition to other senior viewpoints can be found in Viewpoints section of