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Monday, May 27, 2013
Memorial Day 2013
Memorial Day is more than just a well-earned
from Arlington National Cemetery Face Book Page
Memorial Day Message
As Written by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
Monday, May 27, 2013
is a day for all Americans to gather with friends and family in communities
across the country to enjoy each other’s company, and honor those generations
of patriots who have fought and died in uniform to preserve the freedoms we all
cherish. We also grieve with those families who lost loved ones too soon –
parents, wives, husbands, sons, and daughters for whom Memorial Day will always
be a time of solemn remembrance. The perseverance and resilience of our
military families is the bedrock of our military strength.
more than a decade of sustained war, the United States has been blessed to have
millions of men and women step forward to serve, to risk their lives and stand
watch in every corner of the world to defend our nation. Today we remember the
more than 6,600 men and women in uniform who have perished on distant
battlefields since September 11th, 2001.
men and women that serve today are as humble, patriotic, and selfless as any
generation that has come before them. Many have deployed on multiple tours –
active duty, guardsmen, and reservists – all citizens doing their part for the
country they love. They continue to make enormous sacrifices, along with their
families. We owe them and their families our most heartfelt thanks and constant
support, for they have added another chapter to our nation’s book of honor.
Members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment or ‘The
Old Guard’, place American flags at every grave in Arlington National Cemetery,
May 23, 2013, in remembrance of those who died in service to our country. The
tradition dates back more than 60 years.
photo by Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr
............................. . Take a moment this Memorial Day to honor all of those that gave
their allin the service of this great country of ours. God Bless Them All.