A reflection on Memorial Day

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.  It is a time for Americans to reconnect with their history and values by honoring those who gave their lives for the ideals we cherish.

Thousands of servicemen and servicewomen have died in the wars and conflicts this nation fought since the first colonial soldiers took up arms in 1775 to fight for independence.  Each was a loss to their family, community and nation.

Today, the sacrifices of our military forces are no less heroic than those colonial soldiers. Reflecting upon those sacrifices made by our armed forces, especially during times of conflict, make today all the more important. 

I can think of no better way to reflect on this important holiday than joining together with family and friends to take a moment to remember the people that fought and died for our country.

For without them, our country, our way of life, and our world would be dramatically different.