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(CNN) – A political message on a day of remembrance.  House Republican leaders demanded that President Obama and Democrats take action to prevent defense cuts.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R – Virginia) said something needs to be done to make sure the military is not hollowed out.

“The best thing that we can do as a people to honor those individuals is to make sure that it never happens again and we have looming, massive defense cuts that this House has acted to substitute,” Rep. Cantor said. “We put forward a plan to make sure that the sequester, in terms of its impact, especially on our defense department, does not take place, that we substitute cuts instead of those that will hollow out, as the Speaker says, our military.”

Unless Congress reaches a deal by the end of the year, the looming cuts to the military will be triggered.  The automatic cuts include about $500-billion from the defense budget on top of an already agreed upon $487-billion in reductions.