Have a Safe Memorial Day
May 30th, 2011
On this Memorial Day—one of our nation’s most revered holidays—we should all pause and reflect on the principles that have made our nation great. We should remind ourselves of the true cost of freedom and to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect it. The brave men and women we honor today selflessly gave of themselves to defend a way of life that we so cherish: The rights of all people to determine our own futures, free of oppression and fear. It is because of these everyday heroes that we celebrate Memorial Day, commemorating the selflessness and sacrifice of those upon whose very lives rests the foundation of freedom.
Memorial Day is one of our nation’s oldest and most significant holidays, born solely of our shared American heritage. Together, we recall the glory and sacrifice of all who have set their personal aspirations aside for the preservation of our society.
Born out of the Civil War and celebrated, this, the third Monday in May, Memorial Day came about as townspeople across the nation decorated gravesites of the fallen with the American flag.
Today, many of us will gather with family and friends to usher in the summer season, but it is important that we never forget why we gather and remember the brave men and women who gave so much and the families and loved ones left behind.