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On the last Monday in May, we honor those who gave their lives for this country.

With our most cherished beliefs and institutions under sustained attack from a Marxist cultural elite who brook no dissent, we can’t help but wonder what the war dead would think of us today.

We seriously doubt they would have wanted to give their lives for a nation in which their children and grandchildren would lose the freedoms of religion, speech and even the ability to make a living simply for believing in God’s design for human flourishing.

We owe it to them to resist this onslaught against social, spiritual and economic sanity and to restore American liberties as envisioned by the Founders and extended to all races and ethnicities.

During the American Revolution, at least 25,000 soldiers died. Since 1775, brave Americans have fought in many wars, including the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, two World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and the ongoing struggle against Islamic militancy.

In all of our nation’s wars combined, more than 1,304,684 soldiers, sailors and airmen have paid the ultimate price for freedom.

During the Civil War, which tore our country apart and cost the lives of more than 620,000 soldiers, America’s resolve to be a land of liberty for all was severely tested. The union’s victory spelled an end to slavery and an end to secession.

The Memorial Day tradition began shortly after the Civil War, when grateful citizens placed wreaths and other decorations on the graves of those slain.

Decoration Day, as it was known for years, was held on many different dates in the states until 1972, when a federal law made the last Monday of May a national holiday.

As a people grateful for our God-blessed nation, we honor Memorial Day and all it means.

All too often, we take our liberties for granted. May God never let us forget the sacrifices that made our freedom and prosperity possible.

We hope you have a blessed Memorial Day weekend.

We’ll be back on Tuesday, June 8, at noon ET for an important and stimulating discussion with Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona.