All Gave Some...Some Gave AllDear Friends,
This Monday is Memorial Day. For many, it is a day off of work or school that is spent with family and friends over good food and fellowship often blessed by warm weather and sunshine.
Whatever your tradition for this weekend may be, we should remind ourselves that out of the 365 days in a year Memorial Day is the one set aside to honor the men and women of our armed forces who have paid the ultimate price so that we may live and live free. It is also important to remember that the fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and friends of these fallen guardians of liberty will be spending this weekend without their loved ones.
Since the dawn of our nation's fight for independence, soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines have sacrificed blood, sweat and tears to protect our lives, our liberties and our happiness. They have served in times of war and peace, on our own soil and across the globe, in famous battles and obscure conflicts. Some returned to a hero's welcome while others came home to protests and insults. Countless numbers have been severely injured or permanently affected in other ways.
Over 1 million have returned home lifeless or never returned at all. Memorial Day is their day, not ours.
It is a day for each of us to honor these fallen, to express our deepest gratitude for the gift they gave us, and to comfort the families they left behind. Whether you attend a local ceremony or parade, fly your flag at half-staff from sunrise to noon, participate in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. or mark the day in your own special way, your remembrance ensures that their sacrifice is not in vain.
Freedom is not free. A nation that forgets its cost and those who paid it is destined to lose that freedom. This Memorial Day, let us remember these brave heroes and honor their sacrifice.