Memorial Day 2020
We’re in the middle of Memorial Day Weekend. The weekend that for many marks the beginning of summer. I’m writing this Sunday; the weather is beautiful and Monday looks like another great day. I hope you take the opportunity to get out and enjoy it. Whatever your plans, whatever you are doing, please take a few minutes to think about, and teach your children about, the meaning of Memorial Day. Starting as a day to remember the soldiers who died in the Civil War, it has become a day to remember all of those brave men and women who have lost their lives in service to our country. I ask you to pause at 3:00 p.m. and join with those across the county who are taking a minute out of their day to think about and thank those who made the ultimate sacrifice. In these times, when we are all asked to make sacrifices, I find the words of President Regan very appropriate. In his address at Arlington National Cemetery on May 31, 1982 he said “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."