SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was joined in San Diego Monday by the party's 2008 nominee, Sen. John McCain, at what was billed as a Memorial Day Tribute at the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center.
"The greatness in a people, I believe, is measured by the extent to which they will give themselves to something bigger than themself, to sacrifice for a cause of significance," Romney told the audience. "And when that sacrifice of self and for purpose and for principle greater than self surpasses our everyday understanding by the widest margin, we call that greatness heroic. We're a nation that has been formed and preserved by heroes."
Earlier Monday, the Romney campaign released a 45-second Memorial Day-related video titled "Thank You."
"I am honored to be celebrating Memorial Day this year with John McCain," Romney said in a statement issued with the video.
"I don't have to tell John's story; the world already knows it. But it is what today's holiday is all about -- sacrifice, valor, honor, courage and love of country.
"A lot of young Americans are risking their lives in distant
battlefields today. Memorial Day is a day to give thanks to them and to remember all of America's soldiers who have laid down their lives to defend our country.
"As we enjoy our barbecues with friends and families and loved ones, let's keep them in our thoughts and in our prayers."
The San Diego appearance came one day after Romney called for the United States to "work with partners to organize and arm Syrian opposition groups so they can defend themselves."
Romney's comments came in response to Friday's massacre of at least 108 people -- including 49 children and 34 women -- in the area of Houla, Syria, a collection of Sunni villages 15 miles northwest of the central city of Homs, according to the United Nations.
"After nearly a year-and-a-half of slaughter, it is far past time for the United States to begin to lead and put an end to the Assad regime," Romney said, referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
"President (Barack) Obama can no longer ignore calls from congressional leaders in both parties to take more assertive steps.
"The bloodshed in Houla makes clear that our goal must be a new Syrian government, one that contributes to peace and stability in the Middle East and that truly represents the brave Syrian people."
There was no immediate response to an email sent to the Obama campaign Sunday or the White House today seeking comment.