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Memorial Day: A Special Tribute


Decoration Day or Memorial Day as we now call it, is set aside to honor those who have died in our nation's wars. It wasn't an official federal holiday until 1968. Flags will fly at half-mast on this day.

"If there is ever a day of commemoration, a day, when, as one, America pauses, thinks, thanks and prays, it is Memorial Day. We honor our war dead."
-John L. Borling, Major General, U.S. Air Force (retired)

Remember what this day is all about. In this tribute, 1963 Air Force Academy graduate, fighter pilot, 6.5 year Viet Nam P.O.W. and retired Major General John Borling tells us why it should always be a special day.

We should not say "Happy Memorial Day" to active duty or veteran's on this day. We should thank them for their sacrifices. Thank them for their valor. Thank them for the things they carry. Thank them for protecting us and defending our freedom.

They are the ones who came home alive.

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