On this Memorial Day

Today we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. Our military heroes fought and died to ensure that our American way of life would be preserved. They believed so much in our country that they were willing to put themselves in harm’s way to defend it.

I am a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps and have spent the bulk of my career devoted to helping veterans and their families succeed. On Memorial Day I remember those that were lost during my units deployment to Iraq, but sadly the list has grown. My generation of veterans will be remembered for our willingness to fight all across the globe to keep America safe, but also for the staggering numbers of suicides that have occurred since our return. They survived the battle abroad, but lost their internal war at home. One thing remains true. They are all heroes and should be remembered as such.

This Memorial Day our country is struggling against a whole new kind of enemy – one that is invisible, and does not take sides. Nurturing our community is vital to getting to the other side of this pandemic intact. I hope you will take a moment this Memorial Day to honor those who have given all to their countries but also to check in with those who might need a word of encouragement or hope, especially if they are a veteran, in such uncertain times. 

Let’s honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice by making sure we stand strong – as Americans, as global citizens, and as neighbors and friends to one another.


Authority: Friends of Patrick Young, Treasurer: Nicole Magnani

Friends of Pat Young
PO Box 21135
1001 Frederick Rd.
Catonsville, MD 21228
United States