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Memorial Day is More Than a Day Off

May 30, 2011

I love a day off as much as the next girl, but it’s important to realize that many of the beloved federal days off, which for many of us mean an opportunity to disconnect from work and connect with families, are meant for more than picnics and parties. Today is Memorial Day, a day to reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who have died as defender’s of our nation’s freedom.

So eat a hot dog with you family, say thanks to a living veteran, sleep in if you’d like. But also stop along the way to say a prayer for those who have taken an oath to serve this nation and who died in the pursuit of that committment. Remember the Gold Star Families in our midst. The moms and dads, brothers and sisters, children and spouses who are spending this day remembering the loved one they’ve lost.

A Gold Star Family member shows Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. his father-”a fallen hero,”–during the fourth annual ‘Time of Remembrance’ honoring America’s fallen in Afghanistan and Iraq in ceremonies held at the U.S. Capitol, Sept. 26, 2009. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Margaret C. Nelson, OCPA)

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