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Here’s how the top 2024 presidential contenders are honoring the fallen on Memorial Day

Flags, flowers and other mementos adorn headstones. (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser)
May 25, 2020

The U.S. celebrated Memorial Day on Monday, honoring Americans who died while serving the country. Many political leaders in the U.S. shared their support during the day of remembrance, including several who have been seen as prospective candidates in the 2024 presidential election.

“All 3 of my brothers returned safely from military service, and for that I will be eternally grateful. But many do not,” tweeted Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren. “Today we honor the brave men & women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and all those who love them. We owe them a debt that can never be repaid.”

Warren was a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, but suspended her campaign in March after the Super Tuesday primary results.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted photos from Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

“It was a privilege to be at Arlington National Cemetary to honor our fallen veterans this morning 🇺🇸#MemorialDay2020.”

Pompeo was a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point who also served with the 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry in the US Army’s Fourth Infantry Division, according to his State Department biography.

Vice President Mike Pence had several Memorial Day Twitter posts, including a Fox News appearance in which he previewed his and President Trump’s Memorial Day ceremony plans.

“Even in the midst of these challenging times, we know that freedom isn’t free and we are grateful every day for all of the men and women who served and fell in battle,” Pence tweeted.

“Today we honor the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and our freedom,” California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris tweeted. “While our Memorial Day commemorations may be different today than in years past, we must never forget their devotion to putting country over self.

Harris also serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

“On this #MemorialDay2020 we remember that our cherished liberty was made possible by the willingness of so many to risk & lose their lives,” tweeted Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.

Rubio was a Republican presidential candidate in 2016, but lost the party nomination to Donald Trump, who won the 2016 election. Rubio was recently named to serve as the acting chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee amid an ongoing investigation of the previous chairman, North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr.

“To the service members and their families who have been willing to give their lives to this country: thank you,” tweeted former Democratic Texas congressman Robert ‘Beto’ O’Rourke, who ran for the 2020 Democratic nomination but eventually suspended his campaign. “As we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice, let us also resolve to better care for those who’ve survived.”

“Thankful to the men and women who loved this country so much that they were willing to sacrifice their own lives to protect it. May we never forget your sacrifice,” Nikki Haley, the former Republican governor of South Carolina, tweeted Sunday. “Thankful to the military families who lost a loved one in the fight for our freedoms. We are forever grateful.”

“Let us be reminded that we drink deeply from wells of freedom that we did not dig. Today we honor the memories of the heroic Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. #MemorialDay,” tweeted New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, who also ran for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Republican Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a former U.S. Navy SEAL wounded in combat, also tweeted in remembrance of Memorial Day.

“For the families of the fallen, every day is Memorial Day,” Crenshaw tweeted. “Never Forget.”

Crenshaw’s tweet also included a Memorial Day tribute first shared by the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Twitter account.

“We remember the fallen and honor them today,” Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted, along with video of a wreath ceremony in New York.

“Today marks the 152nd anniversary of #MemorialDay and is an opportunity to remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedoms,” tweeted Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeStantis, along with a Memorial Day statement. “We honor our Gold Star Families and those who continue to serve our nation every day.”

“Today we honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of service to our country,” Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted, with a picture of a headstone for the unknown soldiers of all wars. “May your courage and patriotism inspire us every day.”

“Today we remember and honor those who served and died for us. Their legacy is our freedom, and may that legacy forever be a blessing to those who loved them and our whole nation,” tweeted Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton.

“To all the active service members, veterans and their loved ones in NY-14, thank you for your service. I was pleased to be with so many of you at the American Legion parade in Woodside last year,” New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “I wish we could be there today.”

“On Memorial Day, we honor and solemnly remember the courageous men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our great nation,” President Trump’s daughter , Ivanka Trump tweeted with a video of soldiers posting miniature American flags at the graves of U.S. service members.

“God Bless the fallen. God Bless their families. God Bless America,” she added.