On Memorial Day, we remember the men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. "They are heroes, each and every one," President Barack Obama said in his weekly address. "They gave America the most precious thing they had -- 'the last full measure of devotion.' And because they did, we are who we are today -- a free and prosperous nation."
U.S. embassies and diplomatic missions around the world are remembering our fallen heroes. From a service at Old St. Paul's in New Zealand to displays by embassy residents in Russia, American diplomats are honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. In Afghanistan, the embassy held a memorial ceremony, during which Deputy Ambassador Tina Kaidanow said, "Today, as we look back and remember all the sacrifices of those before us, we can also look forward to all that will be achieved because of those sacrifices. You should each take time today to reflect on your commitment to serve and succeed, inspired by the memory of all those who have come before us and given their lives for us. Let us carry on in their memory and in their honor."
In the United States, we can honor their memory by "giving thanks" and "giving back." You can send a message of thanks to our troops or a military family. You can also honor our military service members and their families with service of your own. You can pledge hours of community service through Joining Forces. You can find more volunteer opportunities through United We Serve, or even start your own volunteer project.
There are, of course, other ways we can carry on the memory of our fallen heroes and honor them. How will you commemorate Memorial Day? Let us know what this day means to you, and go to WhiteHouse.gov/live to watch President Obama deliver remarks at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, May 27 at 11:20 a.m. (EDT).
About the Author: Luke Forgerson serves as DipNote's Managing Editor.