Updated: May 5, 2021
Provided by Ringing In Hope and The Dulles Greenway, a proud Community Partner
As a proud community partner since 2010, The Dulles Greenway is continuing its longstanding support of a Memorial Day tradition right here in Loudoun County, “A Salute To Our Troops”, taking place on May 31st at One Loudoun in Ashburn. This 5K/10K race and 1K Freedom Fun Run offers each participant an opportunity to bring a needed “wish list” item or make a cash donation to the Boulder Crest Foundation, a leader in the field of post-traumatic growth, dedicated to ensuring that combat veterans, first responders, and their families can live great lives in the aftermath of trauma.
While this event may look a little different this year due to the pandemic, one thing remains the same: our utmost gratitude and respect for our proud veterans and all those actively serving in our military. We hope you will consider this meaningful way to honor our heroes as we kick off Military Appreciation Month this May.
For many, Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer – a time to fire up the barbeque, enjoy a picnic with family or friends, or head to the nearest lake or beach. Not everyone, however, is aware of the true reason behind this federal holiday held on the last Monday of May.
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day, where the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers were decorated with flowers. In 1952, President Harry S. Truman issued a proclamation asking all to observe Memorial Day and dedicate it as a day for nation-wide prayer for permanent peace. Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1971.
On Memorial Day, we pay tribute and respect to our nation’s heroes; those that served to guarantee the freedoms we enjoy. These freedoms, however, weren’t at all free. A heavy price was paid in service, duty, and sacrifice. American soldiers suffered grave injuries in active combat, and many lost their lives to protect our freedom.
This Memorial Day, we remember, honor, and thank all the brave men and women who have honorably fought to keep America the land of opportunity. To those currently serving, we offer our deepest gratitude and thanks. Our freedoms would not exist without your sacrifice. Thank you and God Bless.
What are your Memorial Day Traditions?
You may also consider:
· Thanking an active or retired member of the Military
· Proudly displaying the American Flag
· Visiting cemeteries or memorials to those who fought in combat
· Take part in a Memorial Day Parade