Memorial Day 2009

Observed in some form or fashion since its original proclamation in 1868, Memorial Day is observed to allow patriotic Americans the opportunity to show our thanks to those who gave their all in defending our country. Memorial Day gives those of us who enjoy our freedoms the opportunity to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we might retain those freedoms.

In memory of those who have fallen in defense of the liberties many of us take for granted, Americans, wherever they are, will observe a National Moment of Remembrance today at 3pm local time. This is an act of national unity that has been established to honor America’s fallen and the families they left behind. I urge you to pause in reflection and remembrance of those who gave their lives in service to our nation.

I was reminded last Friday that the late Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Homes referred to Memorial Day as, “Our Most Sacred Holiday” and proposed that “we not ponder with sad thoughts the passing of our heroes, but rather ponder their legacy – the life they made possible for us by their commitment and pain.”

To those who gave their all; to their families, loved ones and friends who lost a part of their lives; I say simply, and sincerely, with a heart full of gratitude, “Thank you.”

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