For some, Memorial Day, the unofficial beginning of summer, is an opportunity to head to the pool or beach and enjoy a long weekend. Too often the message of the day is drowned out by the fun and festivities. It is important that in the midst of the holiday we take the time to remember the true meaning and importance behind this day.
Throughout our history, we have been blessed with men and women willing to put their lives on the line for the sake of freedom. On this Memorial Day, we honor all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice by laying down their lives so that we can continue to live in freedom. We must also remember that the pains of war live on in the families that have lost loved ones in combat. Just as the departed deserve recognition, so to do the loved ones left behind. It is our duty to care for the families of those who have fallen and console anyone who is going through the trauma of losing a loved one in war.
The Third Senate District has a strong history of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving. U.S. Army Sergeant Paul E. Dumont Jr, of Williamsburg, U.S. Army Sergeant Mason Lee Lewis of Gloucester , US Army First Lieutenant Todd W. Weaver of Hampton and many others are local heroes that will never be forgotten. This Memorial Day, we honor and remember all those in the district, around the country, and their families for the truly amazing sacrifices that they have paid.
I would encourage you to join me in taking the time to reflect on the sacrifices made and pray for those that have lost loved ones. If you have a local charity or organization that provides assistance to families that have lost loved ones in war there is no better time than now to get involved.