Message from the Director: Memorial Day
Statement to Employees by Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Leon E. Panetta on Memorial Day
May 22, 2009
This weekend, as America reflects on the heroism and sacrifice of those who died in military service, we at CIA remember as well our own heroes: the 90 men and women commemorated by stars on our Memorial Wall. Each of them, in their own way and own time, strengthened America and helped spread freedom across the globe.
Last night, at the University of Maryland, I challenged the graduates to take up that mantle, no matter where life leads them. I told them how privileged I am to lead an Agency of people who work tirelessly to defend our nation and build a better world. The United States, after all, is founded on decency and sacrifice, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice are remembered and honored this Memorial Day.
Many of us will enjoy extra time with family and friends this holiday weekend. To those who cannot—because of unaccompanied assignments or heavy demands at work—accept my thanks on behalf of the entire leadership team and all of your colleagues. Our mission never rests, as your dedication shows time and time again.
Leon E. Panetta