On August 26, 2021, the nation grieved when thirteen young men and women in uniform lost their lives due to a suicide bombing outside the airport in Kabul. This day will be remembered as the worst in the two weeks of chaos in Afghanistan.
These thirteen servicemembers - most of them in their early twenties - were there to protect thousands of Americans and our allies trying to flee the Taliban. They were there to protect the vulnerable and do what so few were willing to do: to raise their hands and say they would put their lives on the line in order to defend democracy.
We are forever indebted to them for their service and sacrifice, and we will continue to remember them:
Though they are no longer with us, we will continue to remember their names.
All is well, safely rest.