Prior to becoming a country hitmaker and Grand Ole Opry member, Craig Morgan served 17 years in the United States Army and Army Reserves. His respect for the Armed Forces continues to run deep and over the years, he has made 16 overseas trips to perform for our troops. His dedication to the military earned him the USO Merit Award in 2006 and the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal in 2018. As we head into Memorial Day weekend, a time meant to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice during their time serving our country, the singer has penned an open letter to remind folks what the day is really about.
Memorial Day, for most people it’s simply a long weekend, a day we cookout, go to the lake, and hang out with friends. When it started, in the years following the Civil War, it was known as Decoration Day, but with the passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 it became known as Memorial Day. The gravity of this day cannot be overstated. It is a truly American holiday honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military.
This year I urge all of us to keep in mind one of the most important things about Memorial Day… Remember that the sacrifice of those we are honoring is the very thing that has given us the freedom to celebrate any way we want, or not at all.
Have fun on Memorial Day cooking out, hanging with your friends, going to a concert or a movie, but try to take a moment to remember those who served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice for your freedom and mine and for the privilege of enjoying Memorial Day and every day. God Bless the USA!