Memorial Day marks the start of the summer season, but it also is a day to remember the brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect and defend our nation and her freedom. Known originally as Decoration Day after the American Civil War, the day was conceived to commemorate Union soldiers who died in battle in the Civil War. However, in the 20th century, the commemoration expanded to honor all Americans who have died in all wars.
I had the opportunity to kick off this Memorial Day weekend by attending a fundraiser for Luke’s Wings! Not only was it an incredible chance for me to catch up with my mentor and Luke’s Wings Executive Director, Lindsay Kin, but it was also a wonderful time for me to meet and greet veterans who were on their way to participate in Rolling Thunder! I was even invited to ride with one veteran from North Carolina. Hopefully, I will be able to next year!
Over the weekend, several friends, my fellow Miss DC finalist Rachel Demaree (whose platform on agriculture is absolutely eye-opening!), and I spent time relaxing at the beach. Most of our weekend was spent laughing, playing, and getting to know more about each other, but it also included an hour on a yacht! Thanks to some amazing connections, we got to catch some rays with members of the military on the water!
But events aside, it is so important to remember that Memorial Day is so much more than great sales at the mall and a day off from work. Memorial Day is our chance to honor the fallen and give thanks for their sacrifice.