Honor Our American Heroes this Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a time for us to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to America, pay tribute to their memory and celebrate everything they fought and died to protect.

We certainly would not enjoy the blessings we do here in Southwest Michigan if it were not for the selfless courage of America’s service men and women.

The tradition of Memorial Day is more than 140 years old, when it was originally known as Decoration Day. It was started as a time to honor those killed in the Civil War by decorating their graves.

There are many ways that we can show our gratitude. You can join thousands of volunteers who will pay respect to our fallen heroes by decorating their graves with American flags.

I encourage everyone to do something to honor the brave men and women who fought and died for our great nation as well as those now serving. Many such heroes live and work right here in Southwest Michigan and across our state. Thank a veteran for his or her service, or proudly display the American flag.

I would like to recognize the families of those who serve for their sacrifices as well. They endure while their son or daughter, brother or sister, husband or wife preserve our freedoms and spread democracy across the globe.

All too often they never return home.

Most of all, remember the brave men and women who gave their lives so that we could remain free. Our nation remains strong today because of their dedication. It is a debt we can never repay, but one that we can sincerely honor.

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Thank a Veteran This Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a time for us to remember and pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to America. It is not only a day to honor our veterans, but to thank them as well. We certainly would not enjoy the blessings we do here in Michigan if it were not for their dedication.

I would also like to thank the families of those who serve for their sacrifices. They endure while their son or daughter, brother or sister, husband or wife preserve our freedoms and spread democracy across the globe. All too often they never return home.

 Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day because it was set aside as a time to honor those killed in the Civil War by decorating their graves. While first widely observed in 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, after World War I, observations began to honor those who died in all of America’s wars.

I encourage everyone to do something to honor the brave men and women who fought and died for our great nation as well as those now serving. Many such heroes live and work right here in Southwest Michigan and across our state.  Thank a veteran for his or her service, or proudly display the American flag.

Most of all, remember our fallen heroes who gave their lives so that we could remain free. We owe them a great debt. Because of fine men and women like them our nation remains strong and the envy of the world.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a time to honor those who have served our country and celebrate those who have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice so greatly for each and every one of us.

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day because it was set aside as a time to honor those killed in the Civil War by decorating their graves.

During the war, mothers, wives, daughters, sisters and other loved ones would clean confederate soldiers’ graves that were dusty and overgrown with weeds.

I would like to thank the families of those who serve for your sacrifices, for sharing your son or daughter, brother or sister, husband or wife with our community and our country.  Their service provides freedom for all Americans and spreads democracy across the globe.

I encourage the community to take the time to thank veterans and honor their memory and sacrifice through your actions.

We owe it to them to raise our children with a strong foundation of patriotism.  It is our duty to teach them to cherish the principles that grant us our freedom and to honor those who have put their lives on the line.

Our actions must show our respect, thanksgiving and honor to those who have given everything. In doing so we also honor the families who have given so much. It is this sacrifice that allows us the many freedoms that we enjoy each day.

As always, I look forward to hearing your comments and feedback on these important issues.