5/26/2011 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- In his Memorial Day message, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reflected on the true meaning of the holiday: to remember fallen comrades and their families.
Here is the text of the chairman's video message:
For many people, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer, but for millions of American families it holds a much deeper meaning. It is that day we set aside solemnly to remember the brave who did not make it home, to celebrate their courage, mourn their loss, and appreciate what they did to make this country a safer place. Sadly, more than 6,000 names have been added to that roll call in the last 10 years. Please take a moment to remember them and their families. Thank you.
(Courtesy of American Forces Press Service)
5/28/2011 7:12:04 AM ET To an American Armed Forces Service Member: Thank you for carrying our flag so proudly. On a uniform sleeve of cloth and thread, Freedom and hope is shouted loudly. Wherever your boots are asked to tread, May your sacrifice and service never fade from memory. Your compassion and might defend our way, Lest we make a second date with infamy. Let us always remember Memorial Day! Humbly signed, A Grateful American.