This past year has been Memorial for all of us. So as I sit here today planning to pay tribute to the heroes who have kept our freedoms in check, I wanted to thank each and every one of you, for helping us succeed during one of the most challenging periods any of us will ever remember.
We have supported each other to get through a difficult time together, and have done it with grace and care for each other. In return, I can only wish you all a wonderful holiday that I hope you have planned with your precious loved ones, to celebrate where we go from here - Some maybe you have not seen as much as you would have liked over this last year.
One thing we must remember as we continue to recover, is that none of the wonderful things that we celebrate today would be in our lives without those we sadly lost - those heroes who lost their lives protecting us and our freedoms. Their families deserve our time and attention and our gratitude for the tremendous loss that lies behind all the beauty in our lives.
Thank you for making the tremendous sacrifices. Your honor is what makes our nation strong and worth protecting.
Let's celebrate today and take back some normalcy in celebration of our heroes - with a barbeque, a visit with friends and family, and most importantly, a moment of silence in gratitude of the heroes who made it all possible.
Thank you and Happy Memorial Day!
DID YOU KNOW? LET'S REVISIT HISTORY!
Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, Memorial Day, (originally referred to as Decoration Day) was declared a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. It is believed that May 30 was the date chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. It became an official federal holiday in 1971 and placed on the last Monday in May.
One of the first observances occurred when a group of women visited a cemetery to decorate the graves of fallen Confederate soldiers. The women placed some of their flowers on the graves of every American lost during the conflict.
Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. It unofficially marks the beginning of summer.
- Emilio M. Justo, M.D., Medical Director