White crosses are scattered around the cemetery. These are the veterans we are here to remember. As I walked across the grass to attend the Memorial Day service today, I was thinking of those brave individuals. 1.8 million have given their lives for America since 1775. And some of them are buried right here in Downey.
Today I found grave stones from those who served in the Civil War (both sides), the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.
Memorial Day is a day set aside to remember the fallen, those who gave their lives so that we might live with freedom and liberty. It is important that we take time to be intentional about honoring these fallen heroes and not forget their sacrifice.
"On this Memorial Day, we honor the sacrifices of prior generations. We honor the sacrifices of the men and women next door who have served or continue to serve our country. And we pledge never to forget the true meaning of Memorial Day. We would not have the privilege of celebrating this day and honoring so many memories without the sacrifices of those who gave their last full measure of devotion."
~ Walter Borneman