2020 Dems join together for video marking Memorial Day

2020 Dems join together for video marking Memorial Day
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Several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates appeared in a video released Monday to honor fallen U.S. service members on Memorial Day. 

The candidates shared their stories in the NowThis video, which was organized by the VoteVets PAC and posted on Twitter. 

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“VoteVets and these presidential candidates are asking you to take a few moments today to remember the fallen,” text on the video reads.

Reps. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonPardoning war crimes dishonors the military The Hill's Morning Report - Fallout from day one of Trump impeachment hearing We still owe LGBT veterans for their patriotism and service MORE (D-Mass.) and Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardSanders reclaims second place in new 2020 poll New poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Deval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne MORE (D-Hawaii) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe Memo: Centrists change tone of Democratic race Poll: Biden holds 20-point lead in South Carolina Sanders reclaims second place in new 2020 poll MORE, who are veterans themselves, appeared in the video.

Moulton and Gabbard spoke about veterans with whom they served in the Iraq War. 

Moulton, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, commemorated James Hassell of Alabama, who carried a wounded comrade through gunfire on his back in the 2004 Battle of Najaf and died of heart failure in the U.S. in 2013.

Gabbard paid tribute to Staff Sgt. Frank Tiai of American Samoa, with whom she served during a deployment to Iraq before his death in 2005.

And Buttigieg recounted the story of Sgt. David Johnson De-Ford, who was killed in Iraq in 2004. De-Ford, an Army veteran, joined the National Guard after the 9/11 attacks.

Other 2020 hopefuls including Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersRahm Emanuel: Bloomberg, Patrick entering race will allow Democrats to have 'ideas primary' Feehery: Pivoting to infrastructure could help heal post-impeachment wounds Jayapal hits back at Biden on marijuana 'prohibition' MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenRahm Emanuel: Bloomberg, Patrick entering race will allow Democrats to have 'ideas primary' Feehery: Pivoting to infrastructure could help heal post-impeachment wounds Jayapal hits back at Biden on marijuana 'prohibition' MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisJayapal hits back at Biden on marijuana 'prohibition' Poll: Biden holds 20-point lead in South Carolina Fox News anchor apologizes for saying Booker dropped out of 2020 race MORE (D-Calif.) also participated in the video. 

Sanders discussed Staff Sgt. Thomas Fogarty, who was killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2012, only one month after arriving in the country; Warren commemorated specialist E.J. Murphy of Brockton, Mass., who was killed in Syria in May 2017 at the age of 22; and Harris discussed Army Lt. Ken Ballard of Mountain View, Calif., who was killed on Memorial Day weekend of 2004 in Iraq.

Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerJayapal hits back at Biden on marijuana 'prohibition' Poll: Biden holds 20-point lead in South Carolina Fox News anchor apologizes for saying Booker dropped out of 2020 race MORE (D-N.J.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandMaloney primary challenger calls on her to return, donate previous campaign donations from Trump Senate confirms controversial circuit court nominee She Should Run launches initiative to expand number of women in political process MORE (D-N.Y.), two other 2020 presidential candidates, paid tribute to veterans in the video as well.

--Zack Budryk contributed to this report, which was updated at 1:03 p.m.

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