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Sen. Max Wise: Reflections on Memorial Day

'Here in Kentucky, we have a unique and rich history in military service to the U.S. dating back to the War of 1812, and we continue to have many sons and daughters volunteer to defend our nation. In most of our communities across the state, there are statues and memorials dedicated to those who sacrificed their lives.' - MAX WISE
Memorial Day is observed this year on Monday, May 25, 2015

By State Senator Max Wise (KY S-16)

Frankfort, KY - Memorial Day is significant in Kentucky as it brings in the unofficial beginning of summer with schools nearing the end of the semester, vacationers descending in droves to our lakes and rivers, and warm weather and sunshine becoming the norm. The holiday also is a day on which many of us remember our loved ones who have died. We take flowers to the graves of relatives, and often travel to our hometown for reunions and visits with old friends and family.


These are important ways that Memorial Day is celebrated. However, the true significance of Memorial Day is the reason that the day exists - to honor and remember the countless men and women who have died serving the U.S. defending and protecting our liberty. Established after the Civil War, Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day as Americans decorated soldiers' graves with flowers each year. Following WWI, the day took on a new significance and the fallen soldiers of all wars were included in the holiday.Here in Kentucky, we have a unique and rich history in military service to the U.S. dating back to the War of 1812, and we continue to have many sons and daughters volunteer to defend our nation. In most of our communities across the state, there are statues and memorials dedicated to those who sacrificed their lives.

As a member of Kentucky's Legislature, it is significant to me that I am elected to represent the people of my district, and to pass and vote on laws through our unique democratic system of government - a system that would not exist without the selflessness of so many. It is not lost on me that the lives given in service to the U.S. ensure that our government remains "of the people, by the people, and for the people" as President Lincoln said.

This Memorial Day, as you enjoy family barbecues, friends and loved ones, take a few moments to think about the price paid for our freedoms and liberties by millions since the foundation of the U.S. Participate in a Memorial Day Service in your community if you can. You will be enriched by it. However you choose to enjoy the holiday and the beauty of Kentucky, I hope you have a safe and enjoyable weekend.


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