This coming Monday, May 31, 2021, we have the opportunity to honor those men and women who died while serving our country in the various branches of the U.S. military. Memorial Day has been a tradition since soon after the Civil War and was originally known as Decoration Day. Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1971.

While Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer for many, it truly serves as a somber reminder of the sacrifices made by so many to provide us with the freedom to enjoy our everyday lives without worry or concern about our safety. Many of us will visit cemeteries or memorials honoring these brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice, while others will spend the day with friends and family. However you observe Memorial Day, be sure to devote time and energy to thinking about, praying for, and talking about those who are not able to be present alongside their friends and family.

We here at Gardberg and Kemmerly encourage you to take time this Memorial Day weekend to make it a priority to honor these brave fallen men and women. Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Some of the largest parades take place in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. In Mobile we are lucky to have the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park that does a beautiful job preserving our military history and honoring all those who have served. Whether you attend a parade or memorial or are just going on vacation for the long weekend, please remember all those who have fallen in the line of duty to protect our country.