Lasee's Notes
 May 25, 2017

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and to champion limited government, lower taxes, and individual liberty.
How we respond to these issues today, will affect the direction of our state and nation tomorrow.

I look forward to hearing from you about the issues of concern to you. Please feel free to contact me, Sen.Lasee@legis.wisconsin.gov or (608) 266-3512. If you are planning to be in Madison, please visit, I look forward to seeing you at the Capitol.

Memorial Day: Remembering Those Who Gave It All


 

Most people know that Memorial Day is a federal holiday, the last Monday in May, and they’re happy to get a day off work. While it’s great to get a day off, remember and recognize its true importance – our freedom comes at the highest of prices.
 

Memorial Day is a day to remember America’s heroes, the men and women who died in defense of our freedom and safety. It’s a day rooted in the Civil War when in 1868, Union veterans founded what was then known as Decoration Day – a day to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Over time, Union and Confederate holiday traditions merged, and in 1971, Memorial Day became a federal holiday, extending the honor to all Americans who died while in military service.
 


All gave some, and some gave all. We honor them on Memorial Day
by remembering their sacrifice.
 

Millions of American men and women have worn our Nation's uniform, many giving their lives in order to preserve our freedom. They have served during peacetime and have fought in numerous wars including World War I and II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, and the War on Terror.


If you know a soldier or a veteran, hug them; when you see a soldier, thank them; and most of all, take a moment this Memorial Day to remember our country’s best who gave their lives in defense our freedoms and ideals. Also, please remember that Vietnam vets deserve a special thanks because they never received the recognition they deserved upon their return.
 


Over the years, I have had the privilege of meeting many of
Wisconsin's outstanding veterans.
 

My family has a proud history of military service. My dad, Chuck Lasee, was in the Marines and also served many years in the Marine Reserve. While he was serving, I was born at Camp Pendleton Marine Base. My uncle, Ken “Beak” Lasee served 2 combat tours in Vietnam in the Marines. My grandfather, Rube Lasee, drove a tank in the Army in WWII. I understand the great personal sacrifice and honor that accompanies military service. It is a high calling which my family answered over multiple generations. I have the utmost respect for veterans and their families and I have a special place in my heart for the Marines.
 

Beyond my close family connection to Marines, I have on my senate staff a Marine veteran and a Navy veteran. Both men are of high character with an outstanding work ethic and they serve my office and my constituents well.
 


My family and families like mine are safe because American soldiers gave their
lives to defend us. We will remember and honor their selflessness on Monday.
 

Often I write about politics and what I believe will carry our state and country forward towards a better future, yet Memorial Day outstrips and outshines politics and political differences. It’s a reminder that freedom isn't free. It comes at a price, a heavy price, and we shouldn’t take it for granted.
 

Our Founding Fathers and many others along the way recognized the fragility of freedom and did their best to lay the foundation for the freest country in the world. Our soldiers have fought and died to protect this ideal for us at home and abroad. We must also do our part to protect against its erosion so that their sacrifices retain their purpose.
 

This Monday, remember what it is that our heroic men and women died to protect. Remember what makes our country great. And remember that our current military members and veterans deserve our utmost gratitude.
 


You may also wish to visit the VFW, the American Legion, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, or the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs to learn more about our nation’s surviving veterans, how they are involved today in a variety of programs that help our communities, and where veterans and their families can go to find a wide-range of assistance and services.



 
 

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