Take a moment this Memorial Day to honor the fallen and turn that inspiration into action
This Memorial Day we honor the fallen and celebrate the freedom so entwined with their sacrifice with inspiring words from leaders throughout US history.
At Arlington National Cemetery on the first national commemoration of Memorial Day May 30, 1868, President John Garfield honored the fallen with these words:
“We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”
However you honor Memorial Day, take a moment to remember that it began as a day of healing after the U.S. Civil War-a spark of hope that we could put aside the differences that almost destroyed the United States and live together in peace once again. Stout inspiration indeed for us all to come together.
“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt
❶ Honor The Fallen
USAA has created The Poppy Memorial to honor the sacrifices of men & women of our Armed Forces since WWI, and you can add your own memorial online.
❷ Help Those Left Behind
Volunteer or donate to TAPS which offers compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a military loved one.
❸ Live With Gratitude
It’s easy to forget in a world of ups & downs, but living each day gratitude and expressing it to others is a sure way to start a ripple effect of peace and inspire others to carry it on.
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