In honor of Memorial Day, please join me in solemn remembrance of the friends, family and neighbors that we have lost in defense of our freedoms and way of life, men and women who gave, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, ‘the last, full measure of devotion’ to our country.
With thousands of men and women still serving in harm’s way, our gratitude and appreciation only continues to grow. The members of our armed forces represent our nation’s highest ideals, personifying the sacrifice and patriotism central to the American experience. The United States would not be the great nation that it is today if it were not for the courage and valor of the proud individuals who have served in defense of our values.
On this Memorial Day, as we pay tribute to those serving and to the fallen, I hope you will consider the following quote and take some time to show your appreciation to the veterans in your life and our communities:
‘As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.’
– John F. Kennedy
Very truly yours,
Jack D. Franks