Across the generations – and across the centuries – Americans have answered the call to duty and many paid the ultimate price. Memorial Day is a time to honor the memory and service of all Veterans and military who have given their lives in the service of this country. No greater sacrifice could ever be asked of an individual. The service of these Veterans has impacted the life of every single citizen of this great nation. It is for that sacrifice that I salute my fallen comrades.
There is no observance in America more somber than Memorial Day. In events held across America this Memorial Day weekend, people will gather in small towns and big cities for one purpose: to remember our fallen, pay homage to their sacrifice and courage, and to recognize the selflessness of military service.
Every day, young men and women are returning from Afghanistan. Most come home to joyous reunions with loved ones. Others come home with the visible and invisible wounds of armed conflict, while still others return in solemn, eternal repose beneath a draped American flag.
We can’t even begin to contemplate the world today had men and women we honor on Memorial Day not stood fast against our enemies throughout history. It is never over. Missions may end but the legacies left and the pain of their absence endures. This Memorial Day, let us remember.
Another very special event, the Ride for Healing will take place at the end of this month, and I commend Lee Ulferts, a fellow Vietnam Veteran and Commander of the MN Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) for his efforts in coordinating this very important event.
This week long event will start on May 27, 2013 with a ceremony at the Minnesota Vietnam Veterans Memorial in St. Paul. Motorcycles and classic cars will leave St. Paul and travel to all four corners of the state. Vietnam Veteran recognition rallies will be held in over 60 communities over a four day period. The public is invited to all the events, which are free to show support to a generation of Veterans who deserve our gratitude. Then on May 31, the four teams will rally in the Brainerd Lakes area for two days of events concluding on June 2. For ride details and to participate in the ride visit the Ride for Healing website.