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.