Memorial Day has become the unofficial start of summer, but before you enjoy cooking out, take in a baseball game, do a little yard work or just relax with family and friends, we ask that you take a moment to remember what today really means.
It is a day set aside to remember the more than 2 million Americans who have died in the service of our country. It is because of their sacrifices that we are able to relax and enjoy the day in peace and freedom.
Today is a solemn day, a time to remember those who sacrificed their lives for us, from the Revolutionary War, to the battle of the Argonne Forest; from the Battle of Normandy to the Battle of Iwo Jima; from the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir to the Battle of Saigon; from Operation Desert Storm to the Battle of Tora Bora.
Remember, too, the men and women who are standing guard today in locations around the world, selflessly carrying out their duty as proud members of the United States Armed Forces. Despite growing problems at home and around the world, they still represent freedom.
As Americans, we must remember that what divides us is not as important as what unites us.
Whether Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal, we are Americans first, and we must never forgot the ultimate sacrifices that have been made to preserve our way of life.
Those who have died on the fields of battle are owed nothing less.