Washington - Today, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) released the following statement in honor of American servicemen and women, past and present:

"As we all spend Memorial Day celebrating with friends and family, let us remember the meaning behind this day: the men and women of our Armed Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country. They are the reason we have the freedom that we all cherish. A grateful nation honors them not only with the parades and remembrances this weekend, but with gratitude in our words and deeds every day of the year. This is particularly important with our military currently engaged in two wars overseas. In the Senate, I have and will always work to ensure that our state and nation's veterans are not forgotten upon their return home -- from fighting for improved veterans health care to championing the federal investment in state veterans cemeteries. Implementing these types of policies to assist our veterans and their families is the least we can do to say, 'Thank You.'"