Honoring the Fallen

May 31, 2021

Throughout history, cultures have honored those who have fought and died defending their country, their family, their religious beliefs, a set of principles or convictions they would not compromise. Although our observance of “Memorial Day” did not officially take root until the end of the Civil War, brave men and women have answered the call to defend the United States and our foundation of freedom for the last 244 years.

In an address to Congress following the death of President Roosevelt, Harry Truman reminded our country that "our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices." Shortly after the conclusion of the second World War, President Truman sought to take the observance of this hallowed day a step further, calling on every American to not only recognize those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, but to observe Memorial Day as a day of Prayer for Permanent Peace.

We owe the freedoms and security we currently enjoy as a nation to our men and women in uniform. But we also owe it to future generations to live up to President Truman’s charge to strive to achieve peace at every turn.

Jacquie and I could not be prouder of our two sons currently serving in the military. Their bravery and sacrifice – like that of the thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines serving alongside them - is what makes this country the only true land of freedom and opportunity. While many of us will be enjoying a long weekend gathered around a recently dusted-off grill, I hope everyone will take a moment to reflect on the many Americans who made the decision to serve and place their lives on the line to defend our freedoms.

Conflicts will end and time will pass, however the memory of our fallen should never be lost. We must always remember their sacrifice. I hope you all have a safe and happy Memorial Day and thank you to everyone who has served and to the families of those servicemembers we have lost defending our great nation.