Cornyn Letter to Texans on Memorial Day


SAN ANTONIO – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), who later today will host a send-off ceremony in San Antonio for Texans attending U.S. Military Service Academies next year, released the following open letter to Texans on Memorial Day:

Dear Fellow Texans:

On Memorial Day, we honor the servicemen and women who have given their lives in defense of this country.

Today we remember heroes like Staff Sergeant Michael Cinco, a Mercedes, Texas native assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, 11th Field Investigations Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. Sgt. Cinco enlisted after marrying his high school sweetheart, and he served his nation valiantly for 10 years before a suicide bomber ended his life outside Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. He is fondly remembered by family and friends as an eternal optimist who spent his 27 years trying to make others smile.

Sgt. Cinco devoted his life to defending his fellow countrymen; his devotion knows no bounds.

His story represents just one of many members of the military who valiantly made the ultimate sacrifice through their service.  Today we have the opportunity to reflect on the selflessness and dedication that Sgt. Cinco and so many others exhibited while wearing our nation’s uniform.

As we remember the fallen servicemen and women of the U.S. Armed Forces today, I ask you to join me in thanking the families of the fallen who have the hardest job of all in supporting the service of their loved ones and bearing the burden of their loved ones’ sacrifice.

Today on Memorial Day, and on every day of the year, may God bless all our fallen servicemen and women, and their loving families, and may He continue to bless the United States of America.


John Cornyn

Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committees.