REMEMBER NOT TO FORGET
Memorial Day has, for many, become the official start of summer. And there is nothing necessarily wrong with that. The day is to each his or her own. That freedom to decide how to spend the day is that precious gift given to each of us by those, men and women, who died for liberty in service to this country. But it is important to remember the origins of the day.
“As we honor their memory today, let us pledge that their lives, their sacrifices, their valor shall be justified and remembered for as long as God gives life to this nation. And let us also pledge to do our utmost to carry out what must have been their wish: that no other generation of young men will ever have to share their experiences and repeat their sacrifice.
Earlier today, with the music that we have heard and that of our National Anthem – I can’t claim to know the words of all the national anthems in the world, but I don’t know of any other that ends with a question and a challenge as ours does: Does that flag still wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave? That is what we must all ask.”
— Ronald Reagan, Memorial Day 1982