Today is the day we officially celebrate Memorial Day in the United States. There’s not very much to say on a day like today that can’t better be said in pictures.
With all the barbecues, picnics, sporting events, vacation getaways, family gatherings, and retail sales that celebrate the day formerly known as Decoration Day, it can be easy to forget the holiday’s real purpose, which is to honor those American service members who died fighting in the service of the country they loved.
War isn’t just about the men and women who make the supreme sacrifice, of course. It’s about their families as well, the people who are left behind to grow old without a husband or wife, father or mother, son or daughter; someone who loved and was loved and is gone forever.
Forever is a very long time indeed.
Thank you for your sacrifice to all who died fighting for a vision of America those who sent them to war too often dishonor and disgrace.