Memorial Day

From Commander, Military Sealift Command

Memorial Day

On Monday our nation will observe Memorial Day, a day set aside in solemn remembrance of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for the cause of freedom and liberty.

Memorial Day began as a way to remember the fallen soldiers of the civil war then expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action.

On the last Monday of May each year we take time to reflect, consider the price of freedom, and remember our fallen countrymen. For many this is deeply personal as you have lost friends or unit members during military operations abroad over the past two decades. May you find comfort in their memories and strength in their extraordinary sacrifice.

The National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day provides an opportunity for all Americans to observe one minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to our nation.

As we take time out on Monday to honor and reflect, let us not forget the families of the fallen, whom we owe a debt that can never be repaid. We admire their courage and honor their sacrifices.

Memorial Day weekend also marks the beginning of the summer season, a time for vacation, travel and increased outdoor activity. Let’s think safety in everything we do, and teach our children and families to incorporate basic risk management into their summer activities. Plan ahead and be aware of your surroundings; if something does not feel right or safe, stop what you are doing and reassess.

Thank you for the work you do each day at MSC and your service to our nation.

United We Sail,

Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, USN

Commander, Military Sealift Command

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