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Happy Memorial Day

The True Meaning of Memorial Day

Memorial Day to many is just a holiday, the beginning to cookouts, water fun, and a long line of good times in the summer sun.  But for all, it’s a time to reflect and remember those who gave us the freedom to enjoy these things.

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences would like to take a moment today to reflect on the true meaning of the holiday.  This 1968 quote made by James A. Garfield at the Arlington National Cemetery says it best, “We do not know one promise these men (and women) made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men (and women) and citizens.  For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and make immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”

So CEHHS, as you enjoy those cookouts, that time with your family, and the freedom to enjoy these moments, stop and take time to remember those who gave so that you have the liberty to do so; those who gave the biggest sacrifice of all; their lives.

Have a safe and Happy Memorial Day!