"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation."
What do you think of when you think about Memorial Day? Do you think of enjoying a 3-day weekend? Do you think of the sales at shopping malls? Do you think of barbeques and the community pool opening for summer? According to the White House Commission on Remembrance, "A Gallup Poll revealed that only 28% of Americans know the meaning of this noble holiday."
So let's all remember that Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those brave men and women who have died serving our nation, who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. And remember the National Moment of Remembrance is at 3 PM (local time). Wherever you are at 3 P.M. today, whether you're finding a great deal on sandals or eating a hot dog while watching your kids splash at the pool, I hope you pause for a moment to remember what this holiday is about.
And as we close out National Military Appreciation Month, I want to thank all of our service members and their families for the sacrifices they make on a daily basis for our country. You rock!