There are several national holidays in the United States that focus the spotlight of remembrance on those who have served in the armed forces. These holidays are more than simply a day off from work. They are unique pauses in our routine that bring our thoughts and prayers to our nation and to those who serve or have served, and to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while fighting for the freedoms all American citizens enjoy every day.
Memorial Day honors those who have fallen while in service to our great nation. Their sacrifice, and those of their loved ones, have made our nation greater.
Here’s an excerpt from the White House regarding the honor due these brave patriots who have gone before us:
On Memorial Day, we pause in solemn gratitude to pay tribute to the brave patriots who laid down their lives defending peace and freedom while in military service to our great Nation. We set aside this day to honor their sacrifice and to remind all Americans of the tremendous price of our precious liberty.
Throughout the history of our Republic, courageous Americans have purchased our cherished freedom with their lives. Our 151 national cemeteries serve as the final resting place for millions of people, including veterans from every war and conflict, many of whom died while serving our country. We remain duty bound to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf and to remember them with thankfulness and unwavering pride. The fallen — our treasured loved ones, friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens — deserve nothing less from a grateful Nation.
Today, and every day, we revere those who have died in noble service to our country. I call upon all Americans to remember the selfless service members who have been laid to rest in flag-draped coffins and their families who have suffered the greatest loss. The sacrifices of our hallowed dead demand our Nation’s highest honor and deepest gratitude. On this day, let us also unite in prayer for lasting peace in our troubled world so that future generations will enjoy the blessings of liberty and independence.