In the Civil War’s aftermath, the American orator, Robert Green Ingersoll, eloquently memorialized its more than 600,000 dead. His words speak for all who perished in America’s name. They read:
“They died for liberty—they died for us. They are at rest. They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless . . . Earth may run red with other wars, but they are at peace. In the midst of battles, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death.”
Memorial Day is a special time for Americans to reflect on the contributions of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us. Because of the courage of these Veterans, we enjoy the opportunities and freedoms that we do today. Please join VA in honoring them.
VA Long Beach Healthcare System would like to invite you to a ceremony on May 27, from 11 a.m. to noon, in Parking Lot F. Our Memorial Day Ceremony will honor the service and sacrifice of our nation’s fallen heroes who gave everything, not for glory or gratitude, but for something greater than themselves.
Later that same day, you are also encouraged to join other Americans across the nation who will pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time for a full minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.
All gave some, some gave all.
This article was released by United States Department of Veterans Affairs.