As you enthusiastically anticipate the three-day weekend, please pause to reflect and honor the significance of Monday, May 29—the observance of Memorial Day. It’s a time for us to remember brave individuals who died while serving in this country's armed forces. The holiday originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868. We are fortunate to live in a nation that preserves a day on the calendar to commemorate the nobility of service to country through the sacrifice of life. Please set aside time this weekend to pay respects to those who have given their lives to protect the freedoms each American possesses today.
The loss of one’s life in the armed services is the ultimate sacrifice one can make for his or her country. Giving our time and talents to a cause bigger than ourselves is a principle we embrace each day as public servants. In that spirit, I extend my thanks to employees who will be working on our behalf this weekend. They will serve to ensure visitors enjoy safe and memorable experiences on national forests and grasslands while caring for the health of our natural resources.
In addition, Memorial Day unofficially kicks off the summer season. It’s a great opportunity to get to the outdoors and enjoy festivities with family and friends at campgrounds, lakes and picnic areas with the backdrops of mountains and trees. While enjoying yourself this weekend, be sure to keep your safety and the safety of others in mind. Be vigilant with yourselves, your friends and family, and especially children so you avoid accidents and return home safely from the holiday.
Thank you for your continued service.