Today, we present the fourth installment of our weeklong tribute to the men and women who proudly serve this country. This Memorial Day reflection comes to us from Representative George Peterson:
At an early age, my father instilled in me the notion to honor our veterans by saying thanks for their service and sacrifices. When thinking of Memorial Day, I am reminded of the selfless decisions made by our veterans, who courageously defended our country.
Memorial Day is a day when we take a moment to reflect on the individuals who chose to leave their families to fight for the freedom of this great country. It is a great tradition of remembering and honoring those who have lost their lives so that we may live in safety here at home. As a veteran and elected official, I truly understand the cost of freedom that is paid on a daily basis. It is imperative that we remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
As we go about this day at our picnics, our cookouts, or any other celebration, it is important to take a moment and pray for all of those men and women who have volunteered to defend our freedom. These individuals are truly heroes; and it is these individuals, both past and present, whom we remember and think about today. From the original Minutemen, to the Armed Forces of today, I appreciate every sacrifice that they have made.