Remembering Our Heroes this Memorial Day

By Ambassador Callista L. Gingrich and Speaker Newt Gingrich

On this Memorial Day, we pay tribute to the noble men and women who stood for freedom and made the ultimate sacrifice to protect and defend the United States of America. We honor their selflessness, bravery, and unwavering commitment to our nation.

From the Continental Army led by General George Washington to the Union soldiers fighting for equality in the U.S. Civil War, to the courageous patriots of the 20th and 21st centuries, we remember their devotion to our nation. Their sacrifices remind us that freedom is not inherited; it must be fought for and constantly defended.

As we enjoy the company of loved ones, engage in festivities, and appreciate the freedoms we hold, let us always remember the true meaning of Memorial Day.

It began in 1868 as Decoration Day, a time to decorate the graves of those who perished during the Civil War.  In 1970, Memorial Day became a national holiday, dedicated to honoring all fallen service members.  Today, we visit the resting places of loved ones, pay our respects and cherish their memory.

As then-Governor Ronald Reagan wisely said, “Freedom is a fragile thing and it’s never more than one generation away from extinction.” On this solemn day, let us remember and honor the brave men and women who stood on the frontlines protecting and defending the United States of America.

Today and every day, we extend our deepest gratitude to our fallen heroes, their families, and all who have served in our armed forces. May their sacrifice inspire us to cherish and safeguard the precious liberties they fought to preserve.