Memorial Day – Honoring Those Who Have Served

We join you all in saying thanks to all those who have served our country, and remembering the prices they have paid in serving, in sustaining injuries and, for some, the ultimate price – giving their lives in service.

On this Memorial Day Weekend, before the barbecues and the buy one get one sales, please take a moment and reflect on the sacrifices these men and women have made on behalf of the rest of us. And then maybe reflect on it again before the next sale or picnic.

To all past, present and future Service Members, we offer our humble Thank You!

If you would like to help Serve Members, Veterans and their families – consider giving to one of the many worthy organizations engaged in important services to these folks. One organization Cascadia Disability Law is proud to support is Lines for Life – please learn more about them at: www.linesforlife.org.

Here is the Memorial Day Message from Secretary of Defense Ash Carter

While every Memorial Day is marked with solemn remembrance, in 2015 we take special note. This year — as we mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the 65th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, the 40th anniversary of our departure from Vietnam, and the 25th anniversary of Operation Desert Shield in the lead-up to the Gulf War — we honor and remember those who perished in those wars, just as we recall the more than 6,800 American servicemembers who gave their lives since Sept. 11, 2001.

To the families of our fallen patriots: we lack the words to describe what you feel on Memorial Day, because try as we may — as we must — we can never fully know it. But we do know what your sacrifice means to us, to our country, and to a world that still depends so much on America for its security.

As our nation remembers the service and sacrifice of previous generations, we as a people recognize that the men and women serving in uniform today — active-duty, guard, and reserve — are as humble, patriotic, and selfless as any generation that has come before. They, alongside their families, continue that tradition of service to country that makes our military the finest fighting force the world has ever known. Nearly 200,000 of these soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines are currently serving beyond our shores, protecting us far from home, and will not be able to spend this holiday with their loved ones. Today, and every day, we honor them and their families with our heartfelt thanks and support.

Please enjoy a safe, memorable, pleasant and honorable Memorial Day Weekend.

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