There is no observance in America more somber than Memorial Day. In events held across America this Memorial Day weekend, people will gather in small towns and great cities for one purpose: to remember our war dead, pay homage to their courage and sacrifice, and recall the selflessness that embodies military service.
This year, as in years past and years to come, the Department of Veterans Affairs plays a key role in these observances. On Memorial Day, millions of Americans gather on the pastoral lawns of our national cemeteries, crisscrossed row upon row with markers over the final resting places of some of our nation’s most courageous citizens. By virtue of scale, solemnity and serenity, it is moving beyond words, and brings home the supreme cost of defending democracy.
“The Veterans we serve at VA Butler Healthcare are our inspiration to live up to Abraham Lincoln’s promise, ‘to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and orphan,’” said John Gennaro, VA Butler Healthcare’s Director. “At VA Butler, we embrace the full meaning of these words every day.”
Across the generations – across the centuries – Americans have answered the call to duty and many paid the ultimate price. The America we know today would not be the same were it not for the men and women we honor on Memorial Day.
This is why we pause and remember Memorial Day – this year and every year. We remember those who risked and lost their lives for America and all humanity, and we also reflect on the achievements wrought by their sacrifice. Their perseverance and loyalty to a higher calling is central to the ideals and people we honor each Memorial Day. Let us never forget those who have fallen and the immeasurable good for which they have laid down their lives … and for the loved ones they left behind.