Remembering Those Who Sacrificed All
By Jeanette Lombardo
FVC Executive Director
Memorial Day is that one special day out of the year that we pause to honor our loved ones, our ancestors, and our friends who died defending our freedom and liberty. I am always proud of how our military families provide such a wonderful example of taking the time to observe and reflect on this important day by participating in traditions such as religious services, parades, and speeches across the United States, and the placement of flags, insignia, and flowers on the graves of our departed veterans.
This Memorial Day weekend, I am thrilled to be able to go to Boston to attend the college graduation of my daughter, Lauren. I am looking forward to stepping back through time and reflecting on the history that the area provides. As my fellow history buffs know, the Boston Massacre had a major impact on relations between Britain and the American colonists. It further incensed colonists who were already weary of British rule and unfair taxation, and roused them to fight for independence. As I place flowers on the graves of those first five colonists who perished in the Boston Massacre, I will remember all the patriots who have paid the ultimate price for the blessings of liberty.
The basic definition of the word “memorial” is simply something that keeps remembrance alive. Soon, I will be marking my second year as executive director of Farmer Veteran Coalition. During this time, many have asked me to create a way to honor their departed Veterans who were farmers by supporting the continuation of FVC’s mission in remembrance of their loved ones. This request is very humbling and such a magnificent example of how Veterans continue to help Veterans. Consequently, Farmer Veteran Coalition has launched a memorial page on our website for the purpose of honoring not just those who died in service to our country, but to honor the Veteran members of our farming and ranching communities that have departed. It is my hope that this means for remembrance will allow loved ones the closure they seek in their grieving.
Despite the challenges our country faces, your service made it possible for all of us to be FREE. And we will always remember those who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty for our great Nation.