AG Bill Barr issues Memorial Day statement on the cost of freedom

Monday was Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor the men and women who have sacrificed their lives in defense of this great nation while serving in the U.S. military.

Attorney General William Barr issued a statement on Monday addressing the true meaning of the holiday weekend and offering an important reminder that the freedom we enjoy isn’t free, but instead comes at what is often a significant cost.

Barr’s statement

In an official press release from the Department of Justice, Barr said, “Today we remember that our freedom was bought at a price.”

“Over the course of our history, countless Americans have willingly laid down their lives so that the people of this great nation could continue to live in peace, prosperity, and liberty,” he continued.

“We owe them a debt of gratitude that we can never fully repay,” Barr noted.

“Today, I join with all Americans in pausing to remember them, honoring their sacrifice, and resolving to preserve the precious freedom and order that these heroes so selflessly won for each of us,” the attorney general added.

A debt of gratitude

Attorney General Barr was absolutely correct to point out what is commonly overlooked by too many Americans — that the precious freedoms and liberties that Americans enjoy and frequently take for granted all too often come at the expense of American bloodshed on the battlefields.

More than a million American men and women have given their lives in service to the nation over the many military conflicts and wars in which this nation has been involved over the course of its history.

Barr’s summation that their sacrifice deserves a debt of gratitude that could never be fully repaid is a massive understatement, but his acknowledgement of their service is greatly appreciated and is something in which all Americans should join.

So, too, should all Americans follow Barr’s example by taking a moment to reflect upon and honor those great sacrifices made on behalf of the nation.

Preserving freedom, restoring the rule of law

As for the very last line of Barr’s statement about “resolving to preserve the precious freedom and order” purchased through such sacrifice, that is precisely what Barr and the Department of Justice seem to be on the verge of doing by investigating the attempted subversion of Donald Trump’s candidacy by the prior administration and the subsequent efforts to undermine his presidency.

Should Barr and his team succeed in exposing the plotters and ensuring such seditious acts are never repeated, they will have gone a long way toward preserving the aforementioned “freedom and order” that are essential to our nation’s liberties and rule of law.

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