Let’s start off with the basic history lesson for those who are not aware, Memorial Day is a holiday observed in the United States each year during the last week of May. American’s and families in all the states remember the lives of their loved ones lost while serving in the Armed Forces. This tradition was originally named Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868. It got its name after a group of Union veterans who established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of lost veterans. In the 20th century, the Union and Confederate holidays merged to create the holiday we know today, Memorial Day.
Today, many people spend the day visiting memorials and cemeteries to honor those who have been lost in their service to our nation.
Now that we are all caught up with a quick history lesson, our blog to day is…
An Open Letter of Thanks to Our Veterans for their Service on Memorial Day
To those who made the “ultimate sacrifice” for our nation,
Thank you for not only devoting yourself to fighting for our nation, our rights and our freedom but also for devoting yourself to the fullest of your abilities. You cared so greatly and believed so much that it was your duty to protect us. Thank you for taking the greatest risk and fighting for us.
Again, thank you for being some of the most selfless people and fighting to protect us. Thank you is such a minimal word compared to how grateful we are for your service. Words often fall short in many situations and today is an example.
We often take for granted the freedom and safety that we have in today‘s society. But you? You fought for our nation, risking every ounce of your freedom and safety to protect us. Today is your day, the day dedicated to honoring the service you put forth for the people of the nation.
Today, a flag will be placed on your grave
Today, thousands of people will travel just to walk the cemeteries remembering all you have sacrificed in order for us to still be here.
Today, your family, friends and your battle buddies will honor your fight and your dedication. They will talk about the memories they had, the good, happy ones.
But today, you will not be forgotten.
Today, is not the only day you are thought of. Your commitment to the nation is not often enough remembered by the entirety of the nation. However, there are always people in this world who miss you, love you and honor you everyday of their lives.
Today is Memorial Day. We should as a nation take more time to honor those who we have lost during their service to our safety, after all, we would not be here today without the brave fighters of our Armed Forces.
Always remember, we never know when today will be our last tomorrow.
“Today let us, as Americans, honor the American fighting man. For it is he — the soldier, the sailor, the Airman, the Marine — who has fought to preserve freedom. It is his valor that has given renewed hope to the free world that by working together in discipline and faith our ideals of freedom will always prevail.”
— Admiral Forrest P. Sherman
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