“We must do all we can to extend our hand in times of need to those who willingly sacrifice each day to provide that freedom and security. While we can never do enough to show gratitude to our nation’s defenders, we can always do a little more.”
Remember all those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our safety and our freedom as we celebrate Memorial Day. Take a moment and close your eyes think about what we have and what they gave up so we could have.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly one in four seniors is a veteran. This fact is a testament to the dedication and bravery of older generations, and also a reminder of how tumultuous the last century was.
The destructive wars of the century may have faded from America’s collective consciousness, but those who were there, and those who lost a friend or family member, will never forget.
Nearly one-million brave servicemen and women died defending the United States during our nation’s history. Memorial Day is an opportunity to honor these Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice. It means that, as long as there is a U.S., they will never be forgotten.
I do not think our country does enough for our fallen soldiers and it is not because people don’t care. It is due to the fact that it is difficult to discuss the horrors of war. I wish we would have more dialogue about the consequences of battle because right now, America is dealing with the psychological impacts of war with the latest crop of warriors. I even think from time to time about folks that I served with in Vietnam that died in the line of duty. The most difficult thing is never having the opportunity to say goodbye.
Go out and remember the true meaning of this day come Monday.