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Memorial Day is a time to reflect

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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.



  1. Amen! We should remember these selfless warriors every day-not only one day a year!

  2. Such an important day to remember all those present and past who have or do protect us. The timing is quite fitting for us over in the UK due to the dreadful tragedy of one of our soldiers last week.

  3. Anonymous4:24 PM

    What a great post, thank you for the reminder of what the day is for. I ran a 5k in honor of those who served.

  4. Great post thanks for sharing.

  5. Happy memorial day. MY husband's dad is a WW2 Vet and so was his brother who died and was buried in Germany. Thanks to all who served and defended our country.

  6. bonnie holt5:44 PM

    Happy Memorial day. Love the post

  7. Its always touches my heart everytime i read memorial post. I work at USAA, and I am so proud of our members and their families. Its so nice to be part of the team and serving veterans

  8. I am a big supporter of the military. I really think it is important to remember what today is about. Thank you for sharing.

  9. amen hope you had a great Memorial day

  10. I do hope you have an awesome Memorial Celebration.

  11. I always think of both of my grandfathers on Memorial Day because they fought in WWII and helped me our freedom today possible.