Every Day Should be Memorial Day – Never Forget the Fallen

Faye Higbee

As we gather in local cemeteries for services, or simply visit the grave of a loved one who served, there is one thought that crosses my mind: every day should be Memorial Day. We must never forget those who have fallen. Their sacrifices and those of their families are a constant reminder of duty, honor, country. The oath our service members took to defend the Constitution has no expiration. We enjoy our BBQs, our time with family, our lives in this country because of those who paid the ultimate price.

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Screenshot of service member placing flags at Arlington.

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Excerpt from the Gettysburg Address/Abraham Lincoln

Every day should be Memorial Day- Never Forget

The words of Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War still have power, even today. America needs a new birth of freedom, as her values, rights, and trajectory are under attack from within once again. The fallen of every war, from our inception to today, must remain reminders of those who have fought, bled and died for those things that matter the most to all of us.

Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for thousands of our service members. The rows of white headstones are more than symbols…they tell us that freedom without sacrifice is nonexistent.

No one left behind

The sight of flag-draped coffins being removed from the planes, the honor guards that accompany them, are also reminders: that no service member should be left behind, even though there are thousands of service members who have not been found after wars. They deserve our honor too. The US Military won’t leave them behind, even after years of searching.

“When all of us raise our right hand and swear into the military, we swear to support and defend the Constitution. We make a promise to America, but something else happens. America makes a promise to us that should anything happen to us while we’re serving, we will be brought home with honor. We don’t leave our fallen behind.”

Major Matthew Knight, Dover Air Force Base


Featured screenshot: Army member Brandon Lloyd stands guard over the fallen in Afghanistan. Photo used by permission.

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