Memorial Day for so many is an extra day off, a time for pool openings, backyard barbeques, and the unofficial start of summer. For those who served, it is something far more solemn: A time to think about those who gave their all for their country.
In a Memorial Day message to the force, Air Force leaders expressed gratitude for the “courageous sacrifice” for those who paid the ultimate price for freedom and those who serve and sacrifice daily to defend and protect the United States. Calling the holiday a “solemn opportunity,” they urged the entire Air Force family to “reaffirm our own commitment of selfless service.”
“We are inspired every day by you—the Airmen, Guardians, and families who are so willing to serve and defend the freedom we enjoy,” wrote Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall, Under Secretary Gina Ortiz Jones, Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., Chief Master Sergeant of the Space Force Roger A. Towberman, and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass. “We are also moved, especially today, by those who gave their last full measure of devotion in service to our Nation.”