Memorial Day

Memorial Day is one of the most important occasions we observe as Americans. While there can be a celebratory aspect to the day, it’s really a day of remembrance, a day set aside to remember and honor those who died while serving in our armed forces.

Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day began as a way to remember the fallen soldiers of the civil war. Today, it has become a time for Americans to commemorate all who have made the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives while serving.

There are different ways one can participate in this observance, from attending a recognition ceremony, to placing American flags at gravesites at a national cemetery, to observing the National Moment of Remembrance with a moment of silence at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day. Another important responsibility is to discuss the meaning of this day with our children and loved ones so that each generation can understand and share in the importance of this day.

As we take time out on Monday to honor and reflect, let us not forget the families of the fallen. They carry a heavy burden for a lifetime.  We admire their courage and honor their sacrifices.

Memorial Day also signals the beginning of the summer season, a time for vacation, travel, and increased outdoor activity. It is certainly worth reminding ourselves to be safe in everything we do.  Plan ahead and be aware of your surroundings; if something does not feel right or safe, stop what you are doing and reassess.  Make wise decisions as you enjoy the summer season and remember that our actions create a lasting impression of our country, our navy and Military Sealift Command.

Again, as you enjoy time off with family and friends this weekend, take a moment to remember and honor those who gave their lives in service to the nation.

Thank you for all you do each and every day.

United We Sail,

Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, USN

Commander, Military Sealift Command


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