Service, duty, honor, courage and sacrifice are words that come to mind when we stop to reflect on why America celebrates the Memorial Day holiday. Since its beginning, Memorial Day has been an opportunity to pause and reflect on the sacrifices of our country’s fallen heroes – more than one million service members – who have made the ultimate sacrifice to secure our freedoms.
Today, we have a new generation of heroes to honor, with more than two million service members having deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan since September 11, 2001. Sorrowfully, thousands of U.S. service members have died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
May our Fallen rest in peace.