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Posted on May 22, 2015 by Dr. Jim Moryan, Interim Dean School of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Courtesy: Delaware Valley University The Janet Manion Military and Veterans Center

As we approach this Memorial Day, a few thoughts from all of us at The Janet Manion Military and Veterans Center at Delaware Valley University. As you read these brief words, give thought and prayer to the military members of your family, your extended family, or of your community and country.  All of us owe a huge debt of gratitude to each service member who has stood for us, to preserve this great country.

President John F. Kennedy noted: “A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it remembers, the men it honors.”

Cleve Greer, Commander of American Veterans said in 2013, “As Americans, may we forever commit to revealing our nation as one that holds true the memory and full measure of sacrifice our nation’s heroic men and women have given to secure life, liberty, and freedom for us all.  Memo­r­ial Day is one of our nation’s old­est and most sig­nif­i­cant hol­i­days, born solely of our shared Amer­i­can her­itage. Together, we recognize the glory and sac­ri­fice of all who have set their per­sonal aspi­ra­tions aside for the preser­va­tion of our soci­ety. We owe an enormous amount of gratitude to these men and women for taking up arms against all enemies of the United States, both foreign and domestic. It is important we remember why we gather on this day. We do this to celebrate those fathers, brothers, sons, mothers, sisters, and daughters, who gave all of their tomorrows so that we could have our todays. More than 1.3 million Americans have perished as a result of military conflicts throughout our nation’s history.Today, of all days, we must reflect on what it truly means to live in free­dom. We must reaf­firm our com­mit­ment to our ser­vice mem­bers and their mis­sion. We owe all of our vet­er­ans, past and present, a debt of grat­i­tude for their sac­ri­fices in the defense of lib­erty. In the words of President Abraham Lincoln, it is the job of the living to 'take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure.' We owe it to the heroes who died and the loved ones left behind to make sure that their sacrifices are remembered and that their service to this nation will always be honored.”

Happy Memorial Day!