Memorial Day is a time for Americans from all stripes and backgrounds to come together and honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom and the defense of democracy. Parades will be held in honor of the fallen, and families will pack up and head to the beach, meet with friends at backyard BBQ’s, and unwind for the unofficial kickoff of summer.
As a Vietnam veteran, I knew many brave young men who paid with their lives to protect our freedom. Many more men and women have done so over the years protecting our way of life and the virtues we hold dear, including some of my West Point classmates. I’m truly moved and proud of my country when witnessing the patriotism and appreciation for these heroes.
Washington may seem as divided as ever, but this weekend we should all put our differences aside and remember that we live in the greatest country on earth and remember the men and women who fight bravely everyday to ensure that holds true.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day. God bless America and God bless our troops.