A Memorial Day Message

A Memorial Day Message

First of all, to all that have answered the call, we at Regiment say thank you. Whether that call came by way of the draft or you walked into your local recruiting office, the sacrifice is not diminished or tarnished. All would agree that when that oath is taken and one puts on the uniform, one joins a family. And just like family, we sometimes squabble and bicker. At times we lose sight of what brings us together. 

Memorial Day reminds us every time. 

We thank all who have served in the beginning, because your sacrifices should be appreciated. But Memorial Day is for those whose sacrifices were complete. You hear the saying “All gave some, some gave all.”  It gets put on bumper stickers and billboards, meant to remind people as they go about their daily lives. We are here today (and every day) to thank those who gave all. 

Folded American flags can be seen in homes from Guam to the US Virgin Islands and beyond. The headstones at Arlington stand in peaceful solemnity, guarded and revered. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is visited by thousands every year. The respect shown to the honored dead moves us, many to tears.

What Is Memorial Day? A Brief History and Why It's Celebrated. - The New  York Times 

We live in a world of social media, where many times the hate is louder, drowning out all else. But if one wants proof that the sacrifices are not in vain, one only needs to look at the care shown for our honored dead by those not from our country. There are grave sites all across Europe that are the resting place of over 124,000 American servicemembers who have died across 2 world wars. Though these are maintained by us, there are waiting lists at many of these sites, of locals wishing to adopt a grave. They wish to honor the sacrifices made by these people, regardless of political climate or world affairs as they stand now. 

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As an American servicemember or veteran, we take upon ourselves a legacy. Every branch has its traditions, but they all come back to one thing: honor those who came before. Their legacy is sometimes heavy, as it was forged from the utmost bravery and hardened by the overcoming of seemingly impossible obstacles. The good news is that it is not a burden you have to bear alone.

To all those at rest, at home and abroad, we at Regiment thank you from the bottom of our hearts. May we never forget. Rest Easy. We will do our best to carry the legacy forward. 

"You may leave the forests of Europe, You may leave the Islands of Japan, You may leave the humid peninsula of Korea, and the humid tropics of Vietnam, You may leave the jagged mountains of Afghanistan, You may leave the desert sands of Iraq but they will never leave You" 

- RG l ItstheSquid

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