Last evening, along with Delegate Tony Wilt, I participated in a small way in a memorial service and the unveiling of a monument for United States Army Specialist Brian Michael Anderson, who was killed in action on June 12, 2010, while serving in Afghanistan. Of the many Memorial Day observances I have attended over the years, this was the most personal and powerful, and it is one that I will carry with me for many years.
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.
Today, the 145th observance of Memorial Day, please take a moment to honor our men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. For those of you who don't know, Memorial Day was originally celebrated as Decoration Day. The first observance of the holiday occured in Waterloo, New York, in May, 1866. It was not called Memorial Day until after World War II, and in 1967, Congress officially changed the name.
Like many of you, I have been waiting expectantly for clarity in the redistricting process.