Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is reaching out to the troops on his first Memorial Day as Pentagon Chief.
He released a video message Monday morning thanking those who have served their nation.
"These are not easy times for our country and for the world and certainly these are not easy times to be part of our armed forces," he said.
Watch the video below to hear more of his message.
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