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It was a privilege to welcome Gold Star Families to the White House today to recognize our Nation’s fallen heroes and their families.  To all those who have lost loved ones in service to our country, our nation grieves with you.  It is a solemn reminder that we, the American people, are able to live as freely as we do because of the selfless sacrifices of our men and women in uniform.  We remain indebted to each of them and we honor them today, together, with their families.  Thank you to those who joined us this evening and to the men and women currently serving overseas and to their families, thank you for your service.  We send our prayers to all of those in harms way, and may God bless the United States of America.