Though he may not be able to return to France, Matt is determined to include others in his family in his grandfather's legacy. "My father is coming down with me to France this Memorial Day," Matt confides.
Make this Memorial Day weekend meaningful and positive. Take a moment to remember the fallen and celebrate those who still serve. For Those Who Gave All.
When I arrived in Normandy after an hour long train ride from Paris, visits to the D-Day beaches and war memorials had been on my list of "to dos" but, if I'm honest, they weren't at the top of that list or even close to it.
In the U.S., Memorial Day weekend usually marks the beginning of summer vacation. But in some places in China, school vacations aren't as big a cause of celebration.
As we approach Memorial Day, most Americans are conscious of honoring those who have served in the military, so nearly all of us could name the three largest branches -- the Army, the Air Force, and the Navy. Very few, however, would think to include the Merchant Marine.
Taxes are complicated and seem to get more so every year. For select groups such as our brave men and women in the military, they can be even more complicated.
Supporting our veterans is not cheap; it involves a real investment in both policy and budget priorities. But our veterans put our country first and stepped up, and on this Memorial Day, state legislators of both parties need to be standing up for veterans with real resources as well.
Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and craigconnects, is a passionate advocate for our military heroes, veterans and their families.
The physical and emotional toll of these deployments is a cost of war we Americans have only begun to pay, yet all too often a war-weary public tends to look the other way. But this Memorial Day we cannot look away.
Democratizing service and sacrifice would revitalize the meaning of citizenship, regenerate the civil-military relationship, and introduce an inclusiveness to help us find a more common basis of strength in our dangerously divided nation.
This Memorial Day, I hope you will take a moment to offer your own gesture of thanks to our men and women serving abroad and at home, as well as their families, and take a moment to honor the service men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Memorial Day is a time to remember suffering, but not to see it as an end in itself. Instead, pain is the beginning of a process that produces endurance, character and ultimately hope.
May the bereft find comfort. May there be a healing of body and soul. May acts of kindness and memory inspire us to draw out our best selves and to strive to mend a broken world.
On Memorial Day, we'll remember those who died in service to our country. But this year, my thoughts are also with our injured service members and their families -- the folks who carry the biggest burden when loved ones return, different, broken, hurting.
This Memorial Day, in addition to our own dead, we remember the 4,700 people (estimated; the actual body count is classified and/or unknown) killed by American drones.
For our children and their children, Memorial Day weekend may become a time to reflect on another loved one lost: Mother Earth.