Every year at the end of May, Americans remember those men and women of the U.S. military who died while serving their country on Memorial Day. Though the day caps a long weekend, which is often celebrated with beach days, barbecues, and time with our loved ones, it is important to remember the real reason the day exists.
If you have family members or friends who have served or are currently serving, this day is likely to be a more somber one for it reminds us that we lost brothers and sisters at arms. Please share a sentiment with your family and friends this coming Monday that captures the true spirit of the holiday, something that shows you appreciate and are thankful for all of the sacrifices those men and women made in order to fight for and defend our freedoms.
Please also remember that this day is different from Veterans’ Day because its purpose is to acknowledge and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. And lastly, each year I’m reminded of the quote from General of the Army Douglas McArthur: “The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war”.
Senior Chief Petty Officer, US Navy (Retired)
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