Military personnel holding a folded US flag.


On Memorial Day, we come together as a nation to honor those who paid the ultimate price for freedom. Whether you’re taking a trip to visit a veteran’s cemetery or celebrating with a community cookout, the purpose for these special moments is to recognize those who have died in defense of our nation. No words can sufficiently express the gratitude we have for our troops, especially for those who gave their lives in uniform.

These brave, selfless soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines share a sacred bond. It’s an immortal, patriotic bond that lives among their ranks from generation to generation. It lives on today between veterans and their fallen peers—between those who have stood together in defense of us all.

Sadly, many have lost sons, daughters, fathers and mothers in the ongoing fight to protect our freedoms. As part of your observation of Memorial Day, remember the family members of those who gave their lives for our country. Their sacrifices deserve our thanks, appreciation and recognition.

Will you join me in praying for those mourning a loved one whose life was lost in defense of our nation and everything she stands for? Their willingness to sacrifice all will not be forgotten. We owe them a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid.

I wish you and yours a safe and blessed Memorial Day.

God bless you and God bless America.




Sam Johnson