Memorial Day: Paying Tribute to Our Fallen Heroes

Posted by John Kerry
May 24, 2014
U.S. Flag Pictured Near Tombs at the U.S. Cemetery in Normandy

Memorial Day stirs deep emotions:  sadness among families whose sons and daughters gave their lives for our country, the pang of reaching out for someone who is now a memory, and I hope not just for them but for all of us, enduring pride and solace in remembering the men and women who gave the full measure of devotion and sacrifice for their country.

For those of us who served -- and as I was reminded last Veterans Day, that is a enormous number in our State Department family -- it's particularly a day to reflect on friends who weren't as lucky as we are, friends and brothers in arms who didn't get to grow older and know gray hair and grandchildren. We're reminded to carry on for them, knowing that for us every day really is extra.

In the coming days, I’ll be joining President Obama in Normandy to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day. I remember my first visit to the beaches of Normandy with my Dad as a child and seeing the remnants and relics of wartime, the burned out hulks of Higgins Boats. But it wasn’t until years later, walking those beaches and seeing that cemetery after I had been in the service myself, that I really stopped and thought about what those young men fought and died to achieve, the remarkable price paid for the world’s peace and freedom by our Greatest Generation.

Now, as more than a decade of war grows closer to ending, we again pause to honor those who again gave all so that our world can be more safe and more free. I hope that you'll join me in honoring President Obama’s request that all Americans pause at 11:00 a.m. on Monday -- and that God will bless all who served and sacrificed, and God bless the United States of America.

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About the Author: John Kerry serves as the 68th Secretary of State.

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Cary G.
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Guam, USA
May 25, 2014
I would like to honor and make a big tribute to all of the soldiers and service men that we've lost in the line of duty. Thank you for your contribution to America and may God bless their families. -Cary Lee Peterson, LL.D.
Chris L.
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California, USA
May 26, 2014

A little history of Memorial Day. It started after the civil war. Both sides honored their dead. A  high number of casualties on both side.. They went to the cemetery to do this

Have a blessed Memorial Day

Chris

Patrick W.
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Maryland, USA
May 26, 2014
The returning vet's need jobs that pay better, and so do a lot of people in Maryland . Help these people get back on there feet. Don't let them appeal the $10.10 an hour medium wage.
Rungnapa K.
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Thailand
May 28, 2014
Would like to honor and make a big tribute to all of the soldiers and service men that we've lost in the line of duty. Thank you for your contribution to America and may God bless their families.

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