Remember and Honor

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Remember and Honor

May 25, 2024 - 09:44
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Memorial Day was originally established as Decoration Day in 1868, three years after the end of the Civil War, by the Grand Army of the Republic, to honor those killed in America's bloodiest war.

Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1971. In 2000, Congress passed legislation creating the National Moment of Remembrance at 3pm local time.

No matter what we call it, the meaning of Memorial Day remains the same through all of America's history: to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

On Monday we honor the courage, the selflessness and the love of country of the brave men and women who dedicated their lives to our nation's freedom. They put service to country and American freedom ahead of personal aspirations and family.

We can never repay them. But we must honor them. Show your gratitude by attending a ceremony, a parade, or waving a flag. Make sure to thank a veteran and those who currently serve.

But most importantly, pass on the meaning of Memorial Day to the next generation. Tell your children or grandchildren that there's more to this day than just the marking of summer. Tell them that their freedom isn't free and the price for it was paid by the sacrifices of our brave men and women in uniform.

Thank you to all who have served this country. And thank you to the families who support these service men and women.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend with family and friends. I'll be in the following communities and will look forward to seeing you there!

Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Memorial Day Ceremony
217131 Spring St
Union Grove
11am Sunday

Burlington Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony to Follow in Echo Park
9am Monday

Rochester Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony to Follow in Pioneer Park
1:30pm Monday

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We can't ever imagine the world we live in, had it not been for those who kept us free.

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