GLENARDEN, Md. (May 31, 2010) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown released the following statement today on Memorial Day:
“There is nothing I am more proud of, except for my children, than my 25 years of service in the United States Armed Forces. This experience afforded me the opportunity to serve in Iraq alongside some of the most courageous and most patriotic men and women I have ever met. This Memorial Day, we pause to honor those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our nation and our freedom. We pause to pay our respects. We pause to say thank you. And we pause to reflect on our sacred obligation to serve those who served on our behalf.
“Because of Governor O’Malley’s leadership, we have strengthened Maryland’s commitment to veterans and military families. We have improved behavioral and mental health services for veterans who have returned home to our care with unseen combat injuries. During tough times, we have protected veteran business loan programs and expanded scholarship opportunities for veterans and their families. And we will continue to make critical investments in our military families to carry out our most important responsibility to fight for those who fight for us.”
Lt. Governor Brown is the nation’s highest-ranking elected official to serve a tour of duty in Iraq. He has been a member of the U.S. Armed Forces for 25 years and is currently a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. Brown co-chaired the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Committee for the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2008 and 2009 and leads the O’Malley-Brown administration’s policy efforts for veterans affairs and higher education. Brown will deliver the keynote address at 11:00 AM at the American Legion Post #275 Glenarden Memorial Day Program.