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Pause and reflect this Memorial Day

Photo: Portrait of Vicki Christiansen in front of American & Forest Service flags.

Interim Chief Vicki Christiansen, USDA Forest Service

Like you, I look forward to the long Memorial Day weekend; it’s one of my favorites: The unofficial start to summer and outdoor barbecues with friends and family—just before we kick into high gear for an active field and western wildfire season.  

As we anticipate this weekend’s events, let’s not lose sight of the significance of Memorial Day itself. This holiday marks a day of remembrance for those who have died while serving in the United States armed forces. Though the observance dates to just after the Civil War, it wasn’t until after World War I that it expanded to recognize those who died in all American wars. In 1971 Congress designated it as an official national observance.

We all should be grateful we live in a country that has a day specifically set aside to remember those who gave their lives in service to our country and its citizens. President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we forget...Read More

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