Memorial Day

Dear Friends,
As we celebrate Memorial Day weekend, it is easy to get caught up in the hubbub of our busy lives. Many people think of Memorial Day as the first day of summer, a day to visit the lake, have cookouts or get some yard work done.

With all the fun and festivities of this weekend, it is easy to lose sight of what Memorial Day is all about. Honoring the brave men and women who sacrificed everything for their country has been an American tradition for hundreds of years. As citizens of a truly free nation, we have the obligation and privilege to thank those who served to protect our freedoms – both during war and peacetime.

This is a time to teach our children and grandchildren to have the same respect and admiration for this great nation as did our parents and grandparents before us. It is a time to visit and pay respect to the fallen military members at cemeteries like the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls or Fort Snelling Cemetery in Minneapolis. It is a time to fly the American and POW/MIA flags in support and remembrance.

It is also a time to visit and honor our brave veterans who are still with us. Many great veterans’ homes can be found at the Minnesota Veterans Homes website:

But mostly importantly, we pause this day to remember our fallen heroes, the men and women who answered the call of freedom and paid the ultimate sacrifice. Let us remember and thank them for the precious occasions missed without their loved ones, for the pain and injuries incurred defending our freedoms, and for the ultimate sacrifice many have made for you and for me.

I would like to offer my sincerest thanks to the men and women who have served, or currently do serve in our nation’s military. Your sacrifice is truly a blessing to us all, may we never forget that.

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