Memorial Day means so much more than enjoying a day off and hamburgers hot off the grill. It is a day of remembrance, and is celebrated each May to honor the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our freedom. It began as a remembrance of those who died in the Civil War. During the 20th century, it was expanded as a day to memorialize Americans who died in any war.
We recognize that we enjoy our freedom because many before us have paid the ultimate price. Among our residents are those who fought in the Pacific and European battlefields of WWII, and in Korea and Vietnam. And our residents remember well those who did not return from distant shores to see family members and friends again. We honor them and their memories each and every Memorial Day.
Last year it's estimated over 100,000 people attended activities at VA's national cemeteries, honoring about one million men and women who died in the military during wartime. In continuing the tradition of remembrance, our thoughts go out to all those who have served, and those still fighting for our country and our freedom.FAMOUS QUOTES FROM AMERICAN SOLDIERS
"We have gone forth from our shores repeatedly over the last hundred years and we've done this as recently as the last year in Afghanistan and put wonderful young men and women at risk, many of whom have lost their lives, and we have asked for nothing except enough ground to bury them in, and otherwise we have returned home to seek our own lives in peace." -- Colin Powell
"Of the Marines on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue." -- Chester W. Nimitz
"Nuts." -- The response of General Anthony MacAuliffe, when asked to surrender during the Battle of the Bulge, 1944
"The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war." ~ General Douglas MacArthur
"The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him." ~ G.K. Chesterton ... a favorite quote of retired U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Clyde Beal.