Anyone who thinks of Memorial Day as just the first holiday of summer or the Indianapolis 500 needs to put a little more thought into it. Sure, it’s great for families, race fans and barbeques, but we need to remember whose backs the freedom to enjoy these activities are carried on.
Also known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is dedicated to honoring the memories of all the brave men and women who paid the ultimate price for America. It is a time to remember all members of the armed forces who put their lives on the line to protect and defend our way of life.
Our forefathers knew that the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness would be the foundation of our new government when they signed the Declaration of Independence. It has fallen to the subsequent generations of Americans to preserve those freedoms, when necessary, with their lives.
Brave young men and women leave their childhoods, their homes and families to become soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines defending our nation’s freedoms. They are this nation’s sons and daughters, and we honor their service...