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May 22, 2024

The heroes of Memorial Day

A message from Local 98 Business Manager Mark Lynch, Jr.

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It’s so much more than a three-day weekend and the unofficial start of the summer season. Memorial Day is the time to remember and honor our military heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our great nation.

Knowing the history of Memorial Day is important to comprehending the true significance of the day. It was celebrated as early as the 1860s following the Civil War, but didn’t officially become a national holiday until the year 1971. Although we refer to Memorial Day as a "celebration," it is actually a somber day meant to honor those Americans who passed on the field of battle.

There are several appropriate ways in which you can honor all of the U.S. military veterans who died in service to our nation. U.S. flags should be flown at half-staff until 12 noon and then raised up for the remainder of the day. There is a National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 p.m. local time, where all American citizens are asked to pause for one minute of silence to remember our fallen. Many local and state organizations put on family-friendly Memorial Day parades that folks can attend. During your backyard Memorial Day barbecue, you can offer up a prayer or observe a moment of silence for the heroes of Memorial Day before the burgers and hot dogs are ready to be served up.

Limited - Mark Lynch, Jr. Business Manager - IBEW Local 98

Mark Lynch, Jr., Business Manager, IBEW Local 98

All of us at IBEW Local 98 have the utmost respect for members of the U.S. military, past and present. Many of our active members and retirees served in all branches of the military. Our respect also extends to police officers, state troopers, firefighters and all first responders who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe right here at home.

IBEW Local 98 also greatly values the importance of family. It’s why we refer to ourselves as a brotherhood and sisterhood. So, as you enjoy Memorial Day festivities with your family and friends, take a moment to remember all those who laid down their lives to give us the freedoms we too often take for granted.