Remembering on this Memorial Day 2020

John F. Kennedy once said “The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.” Today, we as a nation set aside time to remember those who have gave their lives to preserve our freedom.

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Remembering on this Memorial Day 2020
By: Robert J. Enos, Esq. and D. Keith b. Dunnagan, Esq.

“Each of the patriots whom we remember on this day was first a beloved son or daughter, a brother or sister, or a spouse, friend, and neighbor.” – George H. W. Bush

Today is Memorial Day. This is a time to remember and honor those who served and gave their lives for all of us. Those lost young men and women reflect the highest of virtues: Commitment, Courage, and Sacrifice. Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day became an official holiday in 1971. The Memorial Day holiday arises from a long-standing honorable tradition which can be traced back hundreds, if not thousands of years, to ancient Rome. In the United States, the Memorial Day remembrance really started in earnest following the Civil War. In 2000, a holiday requirement was enacted by Congress that requires all Americans at exactly 3:00 p.m. on Memorial Day to stop and pause for just one minute to remember the fallen warriors that bought our freedom with their lives.

Our one minute of remembrance will not dampen the pain those families still living without their loved ones endure, hopefully that display of remembrance and gratitude will comfort them in a small way and show them they are not alone in their loss and pride. We must remember and appreciate the fact that while we grow old those who answered our Nation’s call and paid the ultimate sacrifice never will.

As Americans do not always agree, the freedom we have to disagree was earned by the blood of those who paid the ultimate price. Through our remembrance and honoring those lost — we remind ourselves that freedom is not free. For it is only a generation away from being lost should we ever take that freedom for granted. In remembering those that struggled at the Battle of Gettysburg, President Lincoln stated:

The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 19, 1863
Gettysburg Address

Therefore, celebrate Memorial Day. Celebrate it for all that it is and why we have it. Take that one minute and remember. Remember, if not someone you personally knew who died in war, then remember something you did that you otherwise could never do but for the solemn sacrifice of so many noble lives.

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