Memorial Day: A Reflection of Service and Sacrifice

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Koby Langley

Memorial Day is a day of somber reflection on the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have given the last full measure of devotion to their nation. It is the day that all Americans pause to reflect on the sacrifice that is required by any free nation to remain free and defend the right of others to live freely as well.

To date, over 27,000 senior corps volunteers, many of them veterans themselves, have worked to help our veteran and military family community. Many of them will spend this Memorial Day helping others to reflect and celebrate the service and sacrifices of their brothers and sisters in arms who never came home.

This weekend, all across the country, Senior Corps members will help set up Memorial Day parades, beautify national monuments to our men and women in uniform, and care and tend to the grave sites of our fallen. Thousands will spend the weekend volunteering at VA Hospitals and veterans’ homes and some will spend time with children of the fallen. 

Our veterans in AmeriCorps and Senior Corps – all 28,000 of them—share in a common bond of understanding that sacrifice is a part of service and all of our national service community can take the time to honor that sacrifice  though their own acts of community service.

If you would like to know more about how our grantees help honor the Americans who have fought in protection of our freedoms, or to find ways to serve in your own community, visit www.nationalservice.gov.

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