This day begins like any other but it is unlike any other. It is Memorial Day, a day when we honor men and women who have made the supreme sacrifice in service to their country. Although both its date and scope have changed over time, its central meaning remains strong. At virtually every crossroad town across this country there will be old soldiers, flags, a speech or two, and prayers. These events will take place at memorial walls bearing the names of the honored dead. Invariably, the audiences will be small, but firmly dedicated to the idea that the nation will always remember the cost of freedom.
They gave their lives that we might live out our own in an experiment of community called the United States. Take some moments today and reflect on what these heroes have given you and your family. From sea to shining sea let us experience this day to its fullest; that is, with remembrance, thanks, and celebration.