While some Americans will take the time to reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day most will get caught up in the barbecues, ball games, and beach trips that are planned around this national holiday. If you fall into the latter category, please take a moment to pause and remember the men and women who gave their lives in defense of our great country.
If you do nothing else in remembrance today, please read this memorial written by Civil War-era orator, Robert Green Ingersoll, which captures the significance of Memorial Day for all generations of our Fallen:
They died for liberty—they died for us. They are at rest.
They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless … Earth may run red with other wars, but they are at peace.
In the midst of battles, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death.
So, this national holiday is not only to appreciate those who are presently serving/have served in the military but also to appreciate those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Have a safe and meaningful Memorial Day.