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Memorial Day

Posted by on May 20, 2017 in Stray Voltage | 0 comments

It was the week before Memorial Day in 2013 when I was asked to write a Command Message commemorating that weekend. It was written with an audience of uniformed service members in mind. The below is the result.

As our Army emerges from a decade of war we are rightly focused on the future and the myriad challenges that it will bring.  The unstoppable march of time brings change, but despite that change one thing remains constant – the courage and dedication of our Soldiers.  For over 200 years America has given its sons and daughters to the unending cause of liberty. From the freezing winds of Valley Forge and the Huertgen Forest to the blistering heat of Khe San and Iraq, Soldiers have given their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today. The fought for the flag and they died for their fellow Soldiers, men and women no different than you and I. Their sacrifice deserves to be recognized.

This Memorial Day take the time to commemorate those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  It was 1868 when GEN John Logan, Commander of the Army of the Republic, designated 30 May as a day to place flowers on the graves at Arlington National Cemetery. Today in parades and celebrations all around this great land the tradition of remembering our fallen heroes continues. To many Americans Memorial Day is a welcome day off from work, a time to celebrate the arrival of summer with barbeque and fellowship. For some it has a deeper meaning. Memorial Day rekindles the pain of losing a loved one, a friend. It makes the prideful fires of knowing a true hero burn even brighter. It tightens the bonds that hold us together as brothers and sisters in uniform. As you read this, remember the names of friends, fellow Soldiers, lost in the past decades.

We should celebrate this day with pride, representing the Military and this Nation to all who know us as Soldiers.  Keep yourselves safe. Reach out to your fellow Soldiers, make sure they know that our military family is always there. The only thing worse than losing a brother to war is to lose him at home. Do your part to take care of our brothers and sisters in uniform.

In General Order #11, GEN Logan stated “If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us”. That solemn trust has passed through generations and now lies with us. Keep your heart warm in that trust, and God bless our Soldiers.

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