I am touched when friends and family members take the time out of their day to reach out and say "thank you" to me for my service in the U.S. Navy, but Memorial Day holds a special place of significance.
Memorial Day was established by the U.S. Congress in 1971 to honor those who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Many people will observe the day by holding barbecues, attending community parades, spending time with the family at the pool, or just relaxing and enjoying a day off from work or school. However a great number of Americans will observe the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day to reflect on those who died in service to America or wear red poppies, a symbol of rememberance to honor those who have died in war. Whatever you choose to do on this Memorial Day, I would ask that you take just a moment of your time to reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice and to say a brief prayer for the families and loved ones they left behind.