Memorial Day is more than just another long weekend and federal holiday. Since the Civil War, this has been a time of remembrance for those who gave their lives in service to our country. It is often observed with solemn visits to cemeteries and memorial sites along with family gatherings and patriotic displays.
Across the nation and the world today everyone is remembering the tragic events that unfolded on September 11th, 2001. Today we honor those whose lives were lost, those who were injured and the families of the victims. We are also taking time today to remember those who have fought and sacrificed for the safety and freedom of our country over the past 8 years in the wake of 9/11 as well as the Police, Firemen and others who give of themselves every day to ensure our safety.