Dear fellow Americans,
As we gather today to honor the servicemen and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces, I feel it is important to remind ourselves why Memorial Day is not a happy occasion.
This is not a day for picnics, barbecues, and parties. This is a day to remember and honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and the security of our nation. Families will gather around the graves of their loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country.
These individuals gave their lives so that we could enjoy the freedoms we have today. They are the reason why we can enjoy a peaceful lifestyle and why we are protected from many threats. They sacrificed their lives, time, and energy for the future of our country, and they deserve our utmost honor and respect.
Memorial Day is a time for mournful reflection. It is a day to remind us of the sacrifices that have been made on our behalf and the costs of maintaining the freedoms we cherish. We must remember that the reasons we enjoy these liberties are not because they were given to us, but because they were earned for us, through the blood and sweat of our fallen heroes.
Their bravery, heroism, and sacrifice should not be forgotten, and we must ensure that future generations remember the debt we owe to these men and women who put their lives on the line for their country.
We must understand that we owe a debt to these individuals that we can never fully repay. We can, however, honor their memory and celebrate their service by living up to their example, by working towards creating a just, peaceful, and prosperous society for all Americans, and by supporting the families who continue to bear the weight of their loss.
Let us honor all the brave men and women who have given their lives in service to our nation. May we never forget their sacrifice and the importance of the freedoms we enjoy today. Let us honor them by committing ourselves to the pursuit of a better and more just society for all.