The North Coast’s Congresswoman, Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., released the following statement for Memorial Day.

“Memorial Day is a time to reflect on the tragic loss of life that has occurred throughout our nation’s history in defense of the freedoms we cherish. As many of us go about our daily lives it can be easy to forget this sacrifice, but the same isn’t true for those who have lost a friend or loved one.

“This Memorial Day, I urge my fellow Oregonians to remember not only those who lost their lives, but also recognize the sacrifices made by military families throughout our state and country.

“Let us honor those who died in service to our country by caring for those they left behind. For the thousands of troops stationed around the world in harm’s way, let us work to expedite their safe return, an end to conflict, and lasting peace.”