As we observe Memorial Day this year, no doubt it will be different than those we have shared in the past. COVID-19 has changed our world and made more clear how fragile our daily routines can be. Although no parades will occur this year, we can still honor our fallen in thought and deed.
Memorial Day first began after the Civil War, which ended in 1865. The war claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries. By the late 1860s, Americans had begun holding springtime tributes to the fallen soldiers by decorating their graves and reciting prayers. This remembrance evolved into Memorial Day, which became an official federal holiday in 1971 when America was involved in the Vietnam War.
I’d like to personally thank you all for your dedication to accomplishing our mission during this complicated time. Through your efforts, we remain ready to defend America and struggle against this pandemic together. Please take a moment to watch this AFSC appreciation video message from our Air Force Materiel Command commander, Gen. Arnold Bunch:
As we prepare for the holiday weekend, be safe and enjoy it. And, take some time to reflect and honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.
I’m proud to serve with you.
Lt Gen Gene Kirkland
Commander, Air Force Sustainment Center