Weekly Addresses: Memorial Day, Oklahoma Tornado [VIDEO]
President Barack Obama says the nation must do more than just remember its fallen heroes on Memorial Day.
In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says the country must care for the loved ones the fallen leave behind. He says the country must also make sure that all veterans receive the care and benefits they have earned.
Obama says that, above all, the armed forces must have the support needed to carry out their missions at home and abroad.
In the Republican address, Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe thanks the nation for its prayers and support following Monday’s deadly tornado in his home state. He recalls past natural and man-made disasters in Oklahoma and says that while the state was hard hit, “we’re not knocked out.”
Inhofe ticked off some of the remarkable stories of survival that came out of the tornado. “Second-grade teacher Tammy Glasgow kept praying with her students and reminding them how much she loved them as she and her students took cover in a school closet; “We had Suzanna Haley, she was a first-grade special education teacher in Briarwood Elementary School, suffered a severe injury when part of a school desk was impaled in the back of her leg while protecting the students in her classroom. The most heart-wrenching testimony I’ve heard is from the person who was responsible for matching the missing kids with the missing parents,” he said
He urged people to donate to the American Red Cross or Salvation Army.
The Associated Press contributed to this story