Memorial Day is so much more than just a day off. It's a day to remember those who have fought and who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

In traditional observance, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

Thank you to all the men and women who continue to serve for our freedom. God Bless those who fought for our freedom and are no longer with us.