So much more than bargain sales and backyard barbeques

Senator Orrin Hatch
2017-05-29 13:49:34
Dear Friend, Memorial Day is so much more than bargain sales, backyard barbeques, and the unofficial beginning of summer; it’s a day of solemn remembrance wherein we honor America’s fallen—the courageous men and women who paid the highest price in defense of freedom. To these hallowed heroes, we owe a debt of gratitude that can never be fully repaid. For those of us who have lost friends or family members in battle, Memorial Day takes on added significance. It’s impossible to let this day go by without reliving, at least in some small measure, the same pain we felt at the news of their passing. I know how difficult this suffering can be.    My Memorial Day Video Message-- Via Twitter That’s why, this Memorial Day, my message is to those Utahns who have been deeply affected by the loss of a loved one at war. My heart is with you today. I know your pain because I have felt it myself. Each day, I am moved by the memory of my own brother, Jesse Morlan Hatch, who was killed in combat during World War II.  Shortly after the war broke out, Jess enlisted in the Army Air Corps, where he was assigned to man the nose gun on a B-24 Liberator. His job was dangerous, but he was good at it. In fact, he was one of the few American GIs to ever shoot down a German jet from the nose-gunner position.  One day while Jess was at war, I was playing in the woods near my home. Suddenly I felt the sickest feeling in the pit of my stomach, and I felt prompted to return home. When I did, I found my mother in tears. A man in uniform had just informed her that Jess’s plane had been shot down over Austria. He was presumed dead. I was inconsolable. For weeks, I stayed home from school and couldn’t force down food. My already fragile frame grew even more emaciated from lack of appetite. At only ten years old, it seemed like my world had ended. My hero was gone forever. In those years, the grief and loss I felt were unfathomable.  There are still times when my pain feels as fresh and as real as the day I received the news of my brother’s death.   Today I joined a number of Utahns, including our veterans, at a Memorial Day ceremony. You can find photos from that on Instagram There is little solace for those of us who have lost like this. I suspect many of you have lost in a similar manner. Though the grief was unbearable, I will be forever grateful for my brother’s example of bravery, selflessness, and sacrifice. Even though I will never experience the mortal dangers that my brother faced, I strive every day to honor his memory by having the moral courage to stand for freedom. I pray that all of us might honor the memories of our fallen heroes by vigorously working to uphold the liberties for which they gave the ultimate sacrifice.   This Memorial Day, may God bless all of you—and may He continue to bless this great nation.   Sincerely,

Dear Friend,

Memorial Day is so much more than bargain sales, backyard barbeques, and the unofficial beginning of summer; it’s a day of solemn remembrance wherein we honor America’s fallen—the courageous men and women who paid the highest price in defense of freedom. To these hallowed heroes, we owe a debt of gratitude that can never be fully repaid.

For those of us who have lost friends or family members in battle, Memorial Day takes on added significance. It’s impossible to let this day go by without reliving, at least in some small measure, the same pain we felt at the news of their passing. I know how difficult this suffering can be.

 

 My Memorial Day Video Message-- Via Twitter

That’s why, this Memorial Day, my message is to those Utahns who have been deeply affected by the loss of a loved one at war. My heart is with you today. I know your pain because I have felt it myself. Each day, I am moved by the memory of my own brother, Jesse Morlan Hatch, who was killed in combat during World War II. 

Shortly after the war broke out, Jess enlisted in the Army Air Corps, where he was assigned to man the nose gun on a B-24 Liberator. His job was dangerous, but he was good at it. In fact, he was one of the few American GIs to ever shoot down a German jet from the nose-gunner position. 

One day while Jess was at war, I was playing in the woods near my home. Suddenly I felt the sickest feeling in the pit of my stomach, and I felt prompted to return home. When I did, I found my mother in tears. A man in uniform had just informed her that Jess’s plane had been shot down over Austria. He was presumed dead.

I was inconsolable. For weeks, I stayed home from school and couldn’t force down food. My already fragile frame grew even more emaciated from lack of appetite. At only ten years old, it seemed like my world had ended. My hero was gone forever. In those years, the grief and loss I felt were unfathomable.  There are still times when my pain feels as fresh and as real as the day I received the news of my brother’s death.

 

Today I joined a number of Utahns, including our veterans, at a Memorial Day ceremony. You can find photos from that on Instagram

There is little solace for those of us who have lost like this. I suspect many of you have lost in a similar manner. Though the grief was unbearable, I will be forever grateful for my brother’s example of bravery, selflessness, and sacrifice.

Even though I will never experience the mortal dangers that my brother faced, I strive every day to honor his memory by having the moral courage to stand for freedom. I pray that all of us might honor the memories of our fallen heroes by vigorously working to uphold the liberties for which they gave the ultimate sacrifice.

 

This Memorial Day, may God bless all of you—and may He continue to bless this great nation.

 

Sincerely,

Orrin

 

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