For many, Memorial Day means picnics, barbecues and outdoor activities. Although traditional observance of Memorial Day has faded over the years, it is important to continue to celebrate the true meaning by remembering all those who sacrificed their lives while serving our nation.

This Memorial Day, give thanks to the men and women who fought for our country by visiting a local parade or memorial service, donning patriotic gear and flying your American flag at half-staff.

More importantly, take a moment from your day to stop and remember all those that so humbly gave their lives for the betterment of our nation.

To learn how you can pay tribute not only on Memorial Day, but throughout each year, contact your local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.

Wayne Wright

Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of California

State Commander

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