Mike Huebsch writes: Memorial Day: A Day of Remembrance
All Americans are encouraged to pause at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor the men and women who have died serving our country. The National Moment of Remembrance began in 2000 to ensure that the focus of this national holiday remains on the heroes who inspired its creation and on all of the heroes since who have continued to inspire a nation.
I am grateful for the men and women who serve this country and defend the liberty that so many strive to duplicate from the few who would destroy it. The willingness of these soldiers to sacrifice their future for something bigger than any individual is not just humbling, it’s overwhelming. The bravery, the sense of purpose and the selflessness of the more than two million soldiers who have died in service to our country, honors our history and safeguards our future.
I am thankful for each and every one who answered the call to duty and the loved ones who stood by them. When heroes fall, so many dreams and possibilities do as well - families and communities are forever changed. But, so is our country. Their sacrifice strengthens our resolve to protect the freedom and democracy that form the heart of this nation. Let us honor them by remaining vigilant in our quest to protect the fragile gift of liberty. Together, we can ensure that they are remembered every day, and especially on Memorial Day.
I would also like to extend my deepest gratitude to the soldiers serving our country today. May they stay safe until their friends and families can welcome them home.
On behalf of myself, my family and my staff, please have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend!