For many Americans, Memorial Day is a welcome break from work, a time for outdoor barbeques or a day enjoying all that our beautiful state has to offer. But, to Arizonaís veterans and the families, loved ones, and friends of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms we all enjoy, Memorial Day has a profound meaning. It is the special day set aside for all Americans to reflect on the many sacrifices and the great achievements of the brave men and women who defended our freedoms with their lives while wearing our nationís uniform.
As Director of the Arizona Department of Veteransí Services, I ask that you join me in saluting those who have given their all as we honor our heroes who did not return.
"Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence review our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon the nationís gratitude..."
From General Order Number 11
Headquarters, Grand Army of the Republic
May 5, 1868