Memorial Day Event honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – Memorial Day is not a holiday that kicks off the Summer season.
It’s a day to reflect and remember those who defended our country but never made it home.
“We are Americans, the heirs of a legacy of dreams and citizens of a nation whose people understand that freedom has never been free. We gather here today to remind ourselves of that cost, to comfort each other in our grief and to support each other in our resolve. We gather today because it is Memorial Day,” says Linda Mines, Hamilton County Historian.
Memorial Day originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
It serves as a day of remembrance to those who lost their lives serving our great nation.
Widow of a Vietnam Veteran says today is bigger than parties and picnics.
“He has been gone 8 years but it might as well be 8 days. People need to remember what today is. It’s not about parties, you can party anytime. The summer is 3 months long, you can party anytime. Honor them today and everyday,” says Sandra Samples, Gold Star wife.
As the years go by, officials say it’s important to carry on the tradition and teach younger generations about those who have given everything – so that we could enjoy days like today.
“Those who will serve for us in the future need to know that God Forbid they ever have to pay the ultimate price to keep us free that we will never forget their service and sacrifice,” says Congressman Chuck Fleischmann.
“Like the little ones running around today, they may not understand every aspect of the program but they do start to get a feel of the atmosphere and the standard of living that the military brings to our nation,” says Chuck Alsobrook, Veterans Service Officer for Hamilton County
As you’re celebrating today. Take a moment to remember those who died defending our freedom. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.