Becoming an official federal holiday in 1971, Memorial Day gives the country a chance to take time to remember those that paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Vice President Mike Pence, acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan, and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke at the Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
The nation’s military branches used their online platforms to share these messages:
For the #USNavy, burial at sea is one of the most solemn traditions, in which the body of the Sailor or family member is united with the very setting that saw the departed loved one’s noble service to the nation. #MemorialDaypic.twitter.com/l6PIOsJjNz
Many agency leaders released messages of their own. Here are a few:
Today we solemnly reflect on the incredible bravery of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guard members who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of peace, freedom and our way of life. We honor you. We remember you. We will never forget. pic.twitter.com/H8AjvdPUQ0
Today we remember Tom Stefani, a fallen comrade who perished in the line of duty in Afghanistan in 2007. A true patriot of the highest caliber, Tom was a dedicated professional who volunteered to serve our Nation during a time of crisis. #MemorialDaypic.twitter.com/WM5GQYgtyC