Pictured: Rep. Jeff Jones with Colonel Amy Bumgarner, Commanding Officer US Air Force Special Investigations Academy, Federal Law Enforcement Training, Glynco, GA , and Linda J Seawell, Veteran's Council of the Golden Isles "American Patriot Award" recipient, at Glynn County's annual Memorial Day Remembrance.
"Memorial Day is a time to pause, honor, and remember those who paid the ultimate price to protect America and defend freedom around the world. Memorial Day began at the national level on May 30, 1868, as Decoration Day, with a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery to honor fallen Civil War soldiers. In fact, this weekend marks the 150th anniversary of that first “Memorial Day” remembrance, when Congressman James Garfield—who would later become president—addressed a crowd of more than 5,000 at Arlington Cemetery. This tradition continued to grow, and following World War I, Decoration Day became a day of remembrance of all soldiers, sailors, and Marines who died in service to their nation, not just the Civil War."
"In Georgia, we have a proud history of supporting our military and their families. Our state is home to many military bases and installations including Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine, and Navy installations. I grew up in San Antonio, Texas, the home to 6 military bases, and now living in Georgia with its 14 military installations, I have been blessed to witness the military traditions of both of the proud states for most of my life and to see our defenders of freedom in action.
"During Georgia‘s Hinesville based 3rd Infantry Division’s 100 years of service, over 10,000 soldiers in its ranks have paid the ultimate price for freedom. Their service and sacrifice is yet another reminder that the best, and I mean the very best, of America is represented by the women and men who wear the uniform.
"In a speech at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day in 1982, Ronald Reagan said, "I have no illusions about what little I can add now to the silent testimony of those who gave their lives willingly for their country… Yet, we must try to honor them—not for their sakes alone, but for our own. And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice."
"For over 241 years, Americans have enjoyed freedom and opportunity. This freedom and opportunity comes with great sacrifice. We must never lose sight of the high price paid for our freedom, and we must endeavor to ensure that America remains a nation worthy of their sacrifice.
"My heartfelt wish on this solemn Memorial Day 2018 is that each and every American will have a heart and love for the sacrifice that these men and women have made for our freedom.
"May God bless our fallen men and women, and the families and loved ones left behind; may God bless those who serve today and may God continue to bless America."
Representative Jeff Jones