Commentary

May 24, 2013

Memorial Day a time to reflect on service and sacrifice

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Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger
AFMC commander

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Throughout my Air Force career, I’ve often reflected on what it means to serve. I’m proud of the work we do and the sacrifices we make every day so all Americans can continue to enjoy our many freedoms. However, each Memorial Day I am sharply reminded of just how great the sacrifice is for some.

Since the founding of our country, more than one million American Soldiers, Sailors, Coast Guardsmen, Marines and Airmen have given their lives in defense of our great nation. These heroes deserve to be remembered … and honored.

I plan to stop wherever I am and whatever I’m doing on Memorial Day at 3 p.m. for the National Moment of Remembrance. I hope you will do the same. Take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices these individuals and their families have made; remember the lives lost in service to our country.

When the Moment of Remembrance is over, and we go back to our hectic lives — whether dealing with budgetary challenges or simply lamenting the fact that even 3-day weekends pass too quickly — let’s keep those fallen warriors in mind. Ours is a great nation founded on the service and sacrifice of those who have gone before us and all who serve today. Thank you for your service — have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!




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