On Memorial Day, many of us gather with friends and family to mark the unofficial beginning of summer. However, sometimes the true meaning of Memorial Day can become lost as we fire up the grill, go on camping trips or open our swimming pools. While we enjoy the warm weather this weekend, I encourage everyone to a moment in recognizing those brave men and women that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms so that we may all continue to live peacefully in our great nation.
America has been unwavering in its mission to give people a voice throughout the world. However, the advocacy for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness comes at the highest cost. Our servicemen and women’s devotion to our nation and our countrymen allows us to continue to live as we do today.
There will be many Memorial Day celebrations honoring our lost friends and family this weekend. If you are unable to make it out to an observance event in our community or to a cemetery to visit a gravesite, then at 3:00 p.m. local time you can join the nation in taking a moment to remember our fallen soldiers.
Many local sites will also be lowering the American flag to half-staff until noon on Memorial Day in honor of those killed serving our great nation, and then will ‘raise’ their memory to signify that their sacrifice has not been in vain and that we will continue to rise up and fight for liberty and justice for all Americans.
While I hope that everyone has a great weekend and is able to spend time with family and friends, I also encourage you to pause for a moment to remember and honor the numerous brave soldiers that have fought and made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. Please remember the families of current soldiers and the sacrifices they make every day so that we are protected. God bless America.