SUBJ: Commandant’s Memorial Day Message
1. Shipmates, Memorial Day is the day we remember the sacrifice of our fellow Coast Guardsmen who gave their lives in service to our nation. By taking time today to attend to the manners of our profession, we show respect to our shipmates and honor those brave men and women who have gone before us. Their service is part of our heritage.
2. The Coast Guard has served honorably in every war in which the United States has been engaged as part of or with the Navy. As former Commandant ADM Frederick C. Billard said at the dedication of the Coast Guard Memorial in Arlington Cemetery, the Coast Guard is twice blessed. It has not only its own rich heritage and history to be proud of, but it can be equally proud of the splendid heritage and history of the Navy. Therefore, we have two lofty standards to guide us, which we should strive to uphold.
3. If you have not been to Arlington Cemetery, or one of our other national cemeteries, I encourage you to visit one this weekend, or to observe the day by attending one of the many Memorial Day parades or tributes held throughout the nation. Master Chief Leavitt, VADM Brice-O’Hara and I will attend the Memorial Day observance at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and my family and I will have the honor of representing the Coast Guard at the National Memorial Day Concert.
4. I am immensely proud of all Coast Guardsmen standing the watch performing our many maritime missions throughout the year, but especially on Memorial Day. Your dedication to duty continues to ensure that our nation remains safe and secure. On this Memorial Day, let us reflect upon our heritage and the proud legacy bequeathed to us by our fallen shipmates. Let us never forget these heroes.
5. Admiral Bob Papp, Commandant, sends.
If you’re in the Washington, D.C. area this weekend, click here for information on getting to Arlington National Cemetery and here for information on attending the National Memorial Day Concert. If you aren’t in the Capitol region, click here to find out how you can visit one of America’s 131 national cemeteries on Memorial Day.