USS COWPENS (CG-63) deployed in the sea of Japan
Asbury Park Charity Kings Family Day on May 26, 2018
Some things never change...
This weekend, I was invited to speak at Asbury Park Annual Family Day. l had the pleasure of connecting with those in and out of my district, and had the opportunity to learn more about their challenges and aspirations.
Building relationships and cooking burgers in Asbury Park reminded me of Navy barbecues. I have wonderful memories of serving chow on the foodline--enjoying celebrations on deployment away from NJ family--eating with shipmates who would become brothers and sisters in arms.
To be honest, there was something special about being deployed on Memorial Day. Being on the front lines and standing the watch was a time to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice others gave for our nation.
As you reflect today remember that our democracy is fragile and must be protected. Freedom in our great society is not free.
We honor all Gold Star families, military families, and veterans for their sacrifices.