Helm: On Memorial Day, the memories come flooding back

Throughout the year, we reflect back to the brothers and sisters we have lost while they served our nation in uniform. For many of us, especially at this time of the year, the memories come flooding back.

Perhaps our thoughts turn to a buddy with whom we served. Or a parent we only saw in photographs. For the Post-9/11 generation, Memorial Day may represent a friend who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our nation in the war on terrorism.

By Mike Helm National Commander American Legion

By Mike Helm
National Commander
American Legion

No matter our relationships to these heroes, we are indebted to them and their families every day of the year. With Memorial Day just around the corner, these individuals fill our hearts and minds. As Legionnaires, we serve our fellow veterans, military personnel, families and communities in tribute to our fallen.

We do this every day, but Memorial Day represents a time when all patriotic Americans join us in solemn tribute. Amid the somber services and tearful remembrances, we share our sense of pride, under the flag of our nation, signaling to the world the lengths to which we will go for the causes of freedom, liberty and democracy.

To The American Legion Family, it is up to us to remind all Americans that freedom is not free. There is a price for the liberties we enjoy. It is indeed more than a time for barbecues, picnics and mattress sales. It is like no other three-day weekend.

No matter your plans, or those of your friends and neighbors, I encourage you to lead or participate in remembrance and ceremonies in your communities at this time. Help your Legion post, Auxiliary unit or Sons squadron honor the fallen.

We can never, ever forget them.

Mike Helm national commander of the American Legion. 

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