LETTER: It’s time to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice on Memorial Day

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In a letter to the editor, New Jersey Catholic War Veterans Commander Michael Embrich explains why it’s important not to forget what Memorial Day stands for.

Dear editor,

With Memorial Day fast approaching, I wanted to turn our conversation to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our democracy.

Each year on Memorial Day, I make the trip to Arlington National Cemetery or I visit one of our very own National Cemeteries here in New Jersey.

Making these solemn trips helps me to remember the past and cherish the present. It reminds me that the best lives are lives lived for others.

Our cemeteries are the eternal homes of Veterans who lived and died for others and for the ideas that founded our Nation. We remember them on this day.

And we remember those who never came home from war; we keep a home for them in our hearts and in our thoughts.

That is why it is up to us to keep in mind the reason for the holiday, the reason we have a day off to barbecue or to meet with friends or to take a break from our usual schedules.

We have this respite from our daily lives to reflect on the lives sacrificed for ours; we live our lives best when we consider others.

On this Memorial Day, please take a moment to remember. Express your gratitude. More importantly, live gratefully—in some small way, honor them by serving others.

Michael Embrich
Commander, Catholic War Veterans, State of New Jersey