A day to remember and respect

Memorial Day in the United States is a time to remember and honor the men and women who have given their lives in the service of our nation’s freedom. While it is definitely a positive to service members to thank them for their service on this particular day, we should all think of the nation’s honored dead and send thoughts of comfort to their families.

display of the American flag, at dedication of September 11th memorial, Pentagon,  2008.
During ceremonies held on Sept. 11, 2008, dedicating the Pentagon Memorial, representatives of the local police and firefighting units, who were the first responders to the terrorist attack, pose at the top of a large American Flag, just as they did 7 years agp when President George W. Bush visited the site to see the destruction for himself. DoD photo by R. D. Ward (Released)

Regardless of the politics one supports, war and conflict touch all of us. Today, before we celebrate with barbecues, family gatherings, or shopping hoopla, take a minute to reflect and remember someone who died while in military service to America.

Members of the Armed Forces have been in conflicts all over the globe while supporting American interests and policy for the last two hundred forty years. While history still teaches about the global conflicts, one source remembers the sacrifice of those in many forgotten ones. The Naval History and Heritage Command published a list of Navy and Marine Corps personnel casualties dating from the Revolutionary War.

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