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REMEMBERING THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT US A TRIBUTE TO OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS
Around the United States at 3 p.m. on May 25, people stop what they are doing and participate in a moment of silence. They are thinking about fathers, mothers, grandfathers, brothers, sisters, friends, and other loved ones who died in combat. They are remembering the people who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country and maintain the freedom we all enjoy. This National Moment of Remembrance started in 2000, when Congress passed it and the president signed it into law with the intention that America’s fallen heroes would never be forgotten. Each Memorial Day at 3 p.m. local time, we’re encouraged to stop for a minute and think about the people who’ve given their lives to ensure we get to enjoy ours. In the midst of the long weekend and backyard barbecues, it can be easy to forget the true meaning of Memorial Day. This National Moment of Remembrance encourages us not to forget. It asks us to give just a moment of our time to the people who gave all of theirs to us. Almost everyone I know has a family member, loved one, or friend who has served in the military. Many of us have also experienced the painful loss of those loved ones falling in combat. I think about friends who gave their
country. Take a moment of silence to remember those who’ve given their lives to protect our freedom. Think about how incredible their sacrifice is. If you have a friend who’s loved one died in combat, then send them a kind message letting them know you are thinking about them. I bet they would appreciate knowing that you’re remembering that person. I can guarantee they are. To all those who served and are currently serving, thank you for your service, I am so grateful for you. And to the families who have lost a loved one in combat, their bravery is not forgotten. In remembering them, we keep it alive.
lives in service to our country, and I feel overwhelmingly grateful and in absolute awe of their bravery. I have the utmost respect for these men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to give us freedom. Memorial Day is a chance to recognize their sacrifice and pay tribute to the people who died serving all of us. It became a national holiday in 1971 to be celebrated on the last Monday in May. It’s thought that this date was chosen because of the beautiful flowers that are in bloom around this time of year, nature’s bounty providing decorations for the graves of those who’ve fallen.
This month, let’s pay our respects to the people who died protecting our
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