Honor the departed

Today is Memorial Day, a time to remember those who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces.

This should not be confused with Veterans Day, which celebrates the service of all military members.

It’s great if people can take the time to visit a parade or service today. Even a visit to a cemetery, where many veterans’ graves will be marked by American flags, will offer an opportunity to reflect on what their sacrifice meant for those of us who are alive to appreciate it.

However, you don’t even need to travel in order to honor those who died in service to our country. Just reflect on the many rights and freedoms we enjoy – and think about how many have died to maintain those rights and freedoms for us.

It has not been a small number. Our nation has battled many enemies over the years who have stood opposed to our bedrock principle – freedom. From the Revolutionary War to the continuing struggle against terrorism, American soldiers have given their lives for all of us.

So take some time today to honor the memory of those who kept us safe and free, and display your American flag proudly.

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