This Memorial Day we remember the men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in
the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the
American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate Soldiers who died in the Civil
War. By the 20th Century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have
died in all wars. This holiday weekend affords the opportunity to reflect upon those Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen who have sacrificed so dearly for this great Nation and to honor their courage. Many of us will remember in particular those with whom we served in combat. We might take time to remember them, pray that their families are comforted, and resolve to live well and cherish both their memories and the freedoms they fought to reserve.
And as we commemorate the sacrifice of our fallen comrades and celebrate their courage, please be safe. We need all of our Soldiers and Civilians for our important mission at the Maneuver Center of Excellence. Commanders and leaders will execute pre-holiday safety briefings and emphasize safety with privately-owned vehicles, motorcycles, boating, swimming, and extreme heat. Emphasize the following with family and friends:
One Force, One Fight!
Major General H.R. McMaster
MCoE Commanding General