May 30, 2022

On Monday, May 30, Americans across the country will remember the brave men and women who gave their lives for our country. Red, white and blue will span the landscapes of American cities as flags are placed on the graves of fallen soldiers. Initially known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

But it is easy to forget what Memorial Day actually means while we’re spending time by the pool, at the beach or enjoying a BBQ this weekend with family and friends. But the true reason for the holiday signifies much more than “having a nice long weekend”.

Memorial Day gives us a chance to pay homage to the brave men and women who gave their lives defending our great Nation, strengthening America, and helping spread freedom across the globe.

“The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we—in a less final, less heroic way—be willing to give of ourselves.”

President Ronald Reagan

May 31, 1982 at Arlington National Cemetery

Today and in the days to come, I invite you to join me — wherever you may be, whatever you may be doing — to contemplate the cost of our freedom, and to remember, honor, and celebrate the great heroes who laid down their lives so you and I can remain free. And to those men and women who fought for peace at home and around the globe, thank you for your service.

This Memorial Day we are, thankfully, not fighting a civil war, but we are nonetheless engaged in a battle for the soul of our nation. While we are remembering those that made the ultimate sacrifice, let’s reflect deeply on the sacrifices of those we honor. Let’s remember that they died in devotion to the idea of America, a free country that is dedicated to “We the People.”

Today and every day, we Regard, Reflect and Remember.

With Gratitude on Behalf of the DeKalb Republican Party.

Marci McCarthy, Chairman
DeKalb Republican Party

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