We Choose to Remember

Memorial Day

by Conrad Walker

As May comes to a close, Panel Built would like to remind you to take a moment to reflect on all those who sacrificed their lives to protect and serve this great country we call the United States of America. In an election year, such as this, it is easy to find ourselves at odds with friends, family, and coworkers over the current political and economical issues. However, there is one thing we should all be able to agree on: We are blessed to live in the greatest country in the World, and should thank all those who gave their life to preserve the freedoms we enjoy here!

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Memorial Day began as Decoration Day just after the Civil War. Now, Memorial Day has been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. On Memorial Day the flag is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

As the unofficial start of the summer vacation season, we invite you to commemorate all those who made your summer vacation possible through their unwavering commitment to freedom.

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