Archived: Memorial Day: A Time To Remember Our Fallen Heroes


In May we honor the men and women who died in service to our country. Memorial Day is a day to remember our fallen heroes and those serving in the military. It is a day to honor our veterans and our troops for sacrificing their lives for our democracy.

Since the first colonial soldiers took up arms in 1775 to fight for independence, more than a million Americans have died in the wars and conflicts this nation has fought. Each person who died in those conflicts was a loved one cherished by family and friends. Each death was a loss to the community and to this nation.

During this Memorial Day, we will once again mourn those who have given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade, which is longer than any other conflicts in our history. We will also remember those who lost their lives in previous wars.

The first Memorial Day was held in 1882, as a day set to remember and honor the sacrifice of those who died in all our nation’s wars. For decades, Memorial Day was a day when stores closed and communities gathered for a day of parades, picnics and other celebrations with a patriotic theme.

Since 9/11/01, many of these sentiments about the holiday have returned. Today, many of our family members, friends and neighbors are not only serving in the military but are directly in harm’s way: sadly, some our heroes will never return home.

Memorial Day provides an opportunity to offer our gratitude and respect to them and the families they left behind.

Assembly Tony Mendoza represents California’s 56th Assembly District. For a list of local observances, see EGP’s Memorial Day Calendar on page 4.

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