While every Memorial Day is marked with solemn remembrance, on this Memorial Day, we come together to remember those who have sacrificed their lives on behalf of our country in the name of freedom and democracy. The debt owed to them is immeasurable. Their sacrifices and those of their military families are our freedom’s foundation and guardians.

We also honor and remember the more than 6,800 American service members who gave their lives since September 11, 2001.

To the families of our fallen patriots:  we lack the words to describe what you feel on Memorial Day, because try as we may – as we must – we can never fully know it.  But we do know what your sacrifice means to us, to our country, and to a world that still depends so much on America for its security.

As our nation remembers the service and sacrifice of previous generations, we as a people recognize that the men and women serving in uniform today – active-duty, Guard, and Reserve – are as humble, patriotic, and selfless as any generation that has come before.  They, alongside their families, continue that tradition of service to country that makes our military the finest fighting force the world has ever known.  Nearly 200,000 of these soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines are currently serving beyond our shores, protecting us far from home, and will not be able to spend this holiday with their loved ones.  Today, and every day, we honor them and their families with our heartfelt thanks and support.

It is that support for our veterans and their families that I chose ask you on this memorial day to make a commitment to supporting them by participating and supporting Brazos Valley Cares and its annual fundraiser, Steak Your Support, scheduled for October 1, 2016.  I encourage you to volunteer, make a donation of funds or items for the auction and to purchase a table to enjoy and participate in the event.  Even if you can’t attend the event, you can donate online now at our website. To find out more, please visit our web site which is still under construction. https://www.brazosvalleycares.org.

Be safe and enjoy Memorial Day, but keep its purpose in the front of your minds.  Look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you for your support

Brazos Valley Cares Board of Directors