‘It takes time to be able to cope with the ways we are changed forever.’
Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of knowing many men who lived life-long legacies. This Memorial Day, I’m left with only memories of both my dad and Pops. They served their country, loved history, and gave unconditionally to their communities. Today, I honor their service and dedication and hold their traditions close to my heart. As history buffs, they valued the lessons learned from past events and took pride in the quest for justice.
Memorial Day originated back in 1868. Its intent was to recognize all Americans who sacrificed their lives during the civil war, a fight between two sides within one country in an attempt to overtake the other.
It wasn’t until 1971 that it became a national holiday, honoring all America’s fallen and living heroes, who served this nation to defend our civil rights and freedom, privileges that should never be taken for granted.
I quietly repeat President Reagan’s words to myself during the many military burial ceremonies I have attended,* ‘The way to maintain peace is to stay strong.’ I will continue to stay strong in my quest for restoring the dignity for all veterans and pray for their peace. I salute those in the community who share their appreciation for our veterans’ service. This last Monday in May is a day to celebrate the sacrifices of others.
*President Reagan at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day in 1986 – Read Full speech