Memorial Day is fast approaching

Memorial Day is fast approaching

Americans love superheroes. But our country’s true heroes aren’t those on the silver screen or in comic books. They are the members of our armed forces who have given their lives in service to our country.

Since our nation’s founding, more than one million men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom. These patriots answered our nation’s call of duty to protect our lives at the cost of what Lincoln referred to as “…the last full measure of devotion.”

On Monday, May 28, Memorial Day gives us the opportunity to stand together, give thanks and remember the heroic sacrifice of our fellow countrymen.

As Americans who cherish freedom and love of country, we must never forget the significance of this somber day. In today’s world, it is more important than ever that we pay tribute to the legacy of honor, courage and love of country displayed by our fallen heroes.

The National Moment of Remembrance was established by Congress in 2000 to keep this very sentiment alive. This observance asks people to pause at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day to recognize and memorialize those who have died in service to our country. This act of national unity is a way to stand together as Americans in silent thanks and gratitude.  

The Moment of Remembrance doesn’t replace traditional events. In fact, I hope you will join with your community in remembering these real heroes at a Memorial Day ceremony organized by your local VFW, American Legion or AMVET post. If you have not attended one in the past, it truly is a sobering experience that will forever alter your perspective on the cost of freedom and the gift given to each one of us by these selfless patriots.

Whether in quiet reflection or public ceremony, please take time to remember our nation’s fallen soldiers in your thoughts and prayers on this special day and throughout the year. Their sacrifice is the reason we live and live free in the greatest nation in the world.

Mike Green
State Senator – 31st District