Memorial Day: Let us never forget
For those who have died in America’s wars preserving our freedoms, today is the day we pause to remember their selfless valor, pay tribute to their sacrifices and offer our thanks.
We do so because this is Memorial Day.
A day to remember.
A day to say thanks.
A day to recognize that others gave their lives so that we may enjoy liberty.
Let us not allow this day become just a part of another three-day weekend.
Let us not make it just a day to enjoy a barbecue, a round of golf, a trip to the fishing grounds, a day in the park.
Rather, let us remember what Memorial Day truly is.
It is a day of somber remembrance that dates to the Civil War. It first was known as Decoration Day, a time set aside in the North and the South to decorate the graves of Confederate and Union soldiers who fell in the terrible fighting that divided, and eventually reunited, this country of ours.
That was not the end, of course, of warfare. Americans continued to march against the enemies of freedom. They fought and died on foreign soil. They fought and died on the oceans of the world. They fought and died in the skies over Europe and over the Pacific. They fought and died in Alaska. They fought and died in Asia, in Korea and in Vietnam and Laos. They fought and died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And they still fight and die, now in remote corners and back alleys of the world, challenging evil forces of darkness and oppression that threaten our way of life.
The enemy today are terrorists who oppress innocents in their own lands, and who carry death and mayhem to men, women and children around the world. They carried their war to America, making 9/11 a searing memory that will endure in our history forever.
Let us celebrate the success of our troops on the front lines of the war against terror. And let us remember, in our hearts and in our prayers, the young men and women who have given their lives for us in the battle against darkness.
That’s what Memorial Day is all about. Let us never forget.