Memorial Day stirs emotions that stand at opposite ends of the spectrum. We celebrate the rewards earned by the sacrifices of our fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen. Their selfless devotion to duty allows us to enjoy freedoms that are the envy of the world. We prosper in a homeland untouched by the devastation of war. We also mourn and honor those who paid the ultimate price for these freedoms. These fallen heroes gave their lives in service to our nation, on the foreign soils of Europe; across the islands of the South Pacific; through the northern reaches of Korea; in the jungles of Vietnam; in places like Grenada, Panama, Somalia, Haiti, and Kuwait; and upon the scorching sands of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. Celebration and remorse. Victory and death. Hope and helplessness. Relief and sadness. These are the conflicting emotions associated with Memorial Day. For every headline written about the success of a battle or conflict overseas, there are loved ones in America who must endure a never-ending pain. Throughout our history, America has given up its sons and daughters for the sake of world peace and freedom. America’s intent has never been to conquer and suppress, but rather to defend and assist. Because those brave men and women gave everything, we live today in gratitude and remembrance.
As Americans, it is our solemn obligation to remember their sacrifice. We encourage all Georgians, young and old, to participate in a local Memorial Day Observance to honor those who died in service to our nation. We urge all who live in the United States of America – veterans, non-veterans, anyone who enjoys the comforts of America’s freedom and liberties – to participate in the National Moment of Remembrance. The goal of the National Moment of Remembrance is bring Americans together to pause, remember, and honor the brave men and women who have given so much to their country. This year’s National Moment of Remembrance will take place on Monday, May 28, for one minute, beginning at 3 p.m. At that time, we urge all Georgians to pause from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or to listen to “Taps” in tribute to those who died in service to our country.
Written by: Mike Roby, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service (GDVS), the state government agency working on behalf of Georgia’s veterans and their families. For information on how the GDVS can assist you, please visit the GDVS website. https://veterans.georgia.gov