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Chris Pratt honored fallen veterans in an emotional social media tribute on Memorial Day.
“America’s exceptional armed forces have altered the course of the world for the better,” the “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor began a lengthy Instagram post alongside a gallery of devastating photos showing grieving family members who have lost loved ones serving in the military.
“From the Union Army defeating slave owning confederates, to the Greatest Generation and her Allies vanquishing the Nazis or our special operators hunting down the perpetrators of 9/11. We count the names of each fallen solider lest they be countless,” Pratt, 41, wrote.
He added that soldiers are “the good guys” and that they know “pain and suffering we never will.”
Pratt urged fans to “instill gratitude” into young minds and to teach them the “selfless sacrifice” that armed service members make.
“So join me in showing support for our fallen. Take a quiet moment to really consider the sacrifice,” he continued.
He then asked that people not use the comments section of his post to “bitch and moan about America” because “there are countries in the world where criticizing your government will get you killed or imprisoned.”
“Criticism is a right and necessity in amending the flawed systems of man,” he concluded. “So by all means, let your voice be heard. But never forget your right to free expression is paid for in blood. May God give their souls rest, and may they live in our memories this weekend and always.”
Several celebrities, including his wife Katherine Schwarzenegger’s family commented, commending the post.
“So well said Chris thank you For sharing these photos and this message we all owe deep gratitude to those who lost their lives. For us and their families who are left behind we must hold them on this day,” his mother-in-law Maria Shriver wrote.
Patrick Schwarzenegger added, “🙏🇺🇸❤️.”
“Deeply moving. Thank you to the troops and their families for the sacrifice. ❤️” actor David Oyelowo commented.
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