Memorial Day 2015: Honoring Those Who Have Served

740_MemDay_flag_credit.imgcache.rev1275077501317.webFRANKFORT, KY –In cemeteries across Kentucky, this Memorial Day we will honor those who have died in service to our beloved United States. Traditions have evolved over time and Memorial Day now includes parades, ceremonies and picnics, with flags placed at the gravesites of all those who have served in the Armed Forces.

Many are unaware of the proper flying of the flag on Memorial Day. The traditional observance includes raising the flag of the United States to the top and then slowly lowering it to half-staff until noon. After noon, the flag should be raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The President of the United States will take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day. Memorial Day events are generally somber occasions that serve as a reminder of all those who lost their lives in service to our country.

During my time in the U.S. Navy, I became acutely aware of the sacrifices made by so many American families, including my own. My grandfather Scott Henninger served in the U.S. Army during WWII, and two of my uncles Paul Schamore, U.S. Navy WWII, and Terry Schamore U.S. Navy Korean War served our country. On this holiday as well as many other times throughout the year, I pause to remember my relatives and all those who have served our country.

I hope that you will find time this Memorial Day to visit a cemetery or thank a veteran for his or her service to our country. As Americans, freedom is our most precious gift, and to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom, we owe our gratitude. “On this day, lest we forget; to them we owe, our life in debt.” – Don Nielsen