Honor, remember sacrifices of military

Over the years, the month of May has become a time for honoring and remembering men and women who have served or are serving our nation. May, which was designated by Congress as Military Appreciation Month in 1999, includes Military Spouse Appreciation Day, Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day.

This coming weekend our focus is on Memorial Day, a day initially reserved to honor veterans who died serving in uniform during wartime, but over time has been expanded to include honoring and remembering all veterans who have died, and civilians who have given their lives in service to our country.

It is our obligation to honor, to remember and to continue to promote the significance of the veterans’ sacrifice so this generation and future generations will continue to honor and remember. So every Memorial Day weekend, veterans and families and friends of veterans, across this nation honor these individuals and their sacrifices.

This year Memorial Day is Monday, May 25. In the midst of this current pandemic, I encourage you to honor and remember our veterans and civilians who gave their lives in service to our country. This year, let us also honor and remember those we have lost (more than 91,000 individuals nationwide) to the coronavirus pandemic.

Jesse S. Hall

Colonel, U.S. Air Force, retired

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