Memorial Day Wish from Community Activist Richard Massey

This Memorial Day, let us honor the memory of our fallen heroes by remembering their courage, sacrifice, and the freedoms they have secured for us.

Memorial Day Wish from Community Activist Richard Massey
Local & National News | May 25, 2024
by: Richard Massey
This Memorial Day, let us honor the memory of our fallen heroes by remembering their courage, sacrifice, and the freedoms they have secured for us.

Remember the Purpose of Memorial Day

As we gather with family and friends this Memorial Day weekend, let's take a moment to remember the true purpose of this solemn day. Memorial Day is not just a time for barbecues, beach trips, and the unofficial start of summer. It is a day dedicated to honoring the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day was first widely observed on May 30, 1868, to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers. General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic proclaimed this day to honor the fallen by decorating their graves with flowers, wreaths, and flags. Over time, this tradition expanded to honor all American soldiers who have died in military service.

Reflecting on Their Sacrifice

As we enjoy our freedoms, it's important to remember the cost at which they were secured. Here are some poignant quotes to reflect on this Memorial Day:

"For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue." – James A. Garfield
"The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's tree." – Thomas Campbell
"May we never forget our fallen comrades. Freedom isn't free." – Sgt. Major Bill Paxton
"Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it." – Unknown

A Day of Remembrance

Memorial Day is commemorated each year with ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, where a small American flag is placed on each grave, and the President or Vice President lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. These acts of remembrance are a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made by our military personnel.

How You Can Honor Them

This Memorial Day, let us honor the memory of our fallen heroes by remembering their courage, sacrifice, and the freedoms they have secured for us. As we enjoy our time with loved ones, let's keep in mind the profound significance of this day and the brave individuals who have given their lives for our country.

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Richard Massey

Community Activist

Richard Massey

Community Activist

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