Memorial Day – Remembering the Ultimate Sacrifice

Five of Chattanooga’s own gave their lives last year for their country and our community.

Memorial Day is a time to recognize those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

It’s one of the few federal holidays that everyone is in agreement on: a day set aside to honor the military men and women who died while serving the United States. Congress declared “Memorial Day” a national holiday in 1971 to honor the more than 1,264,000 American men and women who have died while serving the United states

I hope that you took a few minutes out of your day yesterday to pause and recognize the meaning behind the holiday. I encourage everyone to honor the sacrifices made by those who died not only in Iraq and Afghanistan, but in areas of the world that don’t always make the evening news.

Each and every life lost – whether it’s during a battle, a training exercise or a relief effort – should never be taken for granted by Americans. That’s a life that ended too soon, and a death that has far-reaching effects on the family and friends left behind.

We, Americans, talk about sacrifice but we often don’t realize, there’s a cost to it. Remember those people, in your own way. Observe a moment of silence, say a prayer, fly the American flag. Shake a veteran’s hand and say “thank you.”

Honor the unknown names and faces of those who were willing to do what others couldn’t so that this country could remain free. Without their heroic actions, our way of life could not be preserved.

Data as of May 27, 2016

Joe D. Franklin, CFP is Founder and President of Franklin Wealth Management, a registered investment advisory firm in Hixson, Tennessee. A 20+year industry veteran, he contributes guest articles for Money Magazine and authors the Franklin Backstage Pass blog.  Joe has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s Magazine, USA Today and other publications.

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