WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) today issued the following statement commemorating Memorial Day:

“Today, we pause with thankful hearts to remember every service member who paid the ultimate price in defense of our country,” Scalise said. “We owe these brave men and women a tremendous debt of gratitude, because without their selfless sacrifice Americans could not experience God’s precious gifts of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. While we can never repay them for what they have given us, we must unite in solemn tribute to their extraordinary valor and vigorously protect the freedom for which they gave their lives.”