Monday we observe Memorial Day – a day set aside to remember those who died in active military service. For many Memorial Day represents the “official start of summer” and is a time for a long weekend vacation. However, it is important that we never forget the true reason we observe Memorial Day. It is a day set aside to remember those who have fallen as they protect our country and its freedoms.
It is my hope that, as we begin the summer and enjoy the weekend, we will pause and remember those who have served and are serving in our Nation’s armed forces and, in particular, those who have paid the ultimate price in defending our freedom, protecting our homes and families, and preserving our Country. We have them to thank for the many freedoms we enjoy each and every day.
Perhaps we can also consider the last stanza of “The Star Spangled Banner,” by Francis Scott Key:
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Because of the sacrifice of the valiant men and women we remember this Memorial Day, our Nation remains “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” May it ever be so and long may the Star-Spangled Banner wave. I hope you and your families have a meaning-filled and safe Memorial Day weekend, and may God bless America.