May 26, 2017
Memorial Day is not like other American holidays. It is a somber remembrance of those who put their lives on the line and lost them in service to our country.
From the American Revolution through the Civil War, the World Wars, Vietnam, the Gulf War and now Afghanistan, Iraq and other danger spots, Americans have served bravely, with too many paying the ultimate price.
Each new terrorist attack reminds us of the peril we face as a free people and should serve as a reminder to thank each, and every one of the thousands of our fellow citizens serving in harm’s way.
On Memorial Day 1983, President Ronald Reagan said, “I don’t have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world.”
Those words are especially relevant in today’s battle against Islamic extremism, where the threat of terror is being taken to our stadiums, shopping malls and sidewalk cafes.
This Memorial Day weekend marks the 60th year that the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment will place small American flags on the more than 600,000 graves at Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. A meaningful tribute to those brave souls who fought and died for their country’s flag.
Sometime this weekend, in between the barbecues, ballgames and car trips, we should all take a moment and thank God for our fellow citizens who are willing to put their lives on the line for our freedom and especially those who have paid the ultimate price to protect it.