(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/26/2017) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released a video message marking Memorial Day from Gold Star father Khizr Khan in which he urges all Americans to “recommit ourselves to unity, liberty, justice, and finally – to an end to all wars.”
In his message, Khan says:
“As-salaamu alaykum – Peace Be to You.
“The first national Memorial Day – then called Decoration Day – was observed to honor the sacrifice of those who died in the Civil War, when brother fought brother in a divided nation.
“During that first observance in 1868, in a demonstration of national unity, participants placed flowers on the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
“In succeeding generations, America’s military personnel have fought and died in conflicts that often divided the nation, but those who died were always honored for their sacrifice, regardless of the politics of the day.
“American Muslims, including my son U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, are among those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“On Memorial Day, families honoring their lost loved ones often lay flowers at gravesides, and following World War I – the ”˜war to end all wars’ – the poppy came to symbolize the sacrifice of the fallen.
“This Memorial Day, let us honor all those who died in our nation’s conflicts, and recommit ourselves to unity, liberty, justice, and finally – to an end to all wars.”
The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org