I received got this message from the President of the Military Officers Association of America. I thought I’d share part of it.
We stand in awe of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. We pay tribute to those who knew the risks, who knew the odds, and who marched onward. And we see the courage in our men and women at home and overseas who continue the fight.
The national marking of Memorial Day began just after the Civil War, but this year’s commemoration comes as we prepare to honor a different generation of service. With the 75th anniversary of D-Day approaching, we recall the stories of young soldiers waiting in the front of their Higgins boats, soon to charge up the shores of Normandy into chaos, uncertainty … and, ultimately, victory in Europe. The losses were heavy, but bravery and dedication to the mission won the day.
We take this moment to look back on those who served and sacrificed in these battles and others across the decades. Caissons continue to roll at Arlington National Cemetery too often due to a service-related loss. We must never forget to take the time to honor the service and sacrifice of our nation's military – and that of their families.
From the past to the present, we all find our own ways to remember our fallen servicemembers. Learning more about the history of service is an important way to honor their sacrifice.
On Memorial Day, we remember.