As we enjoy the blessings of family and friends this Memorial Day, let us all take a moment to recollect the reason for this day. Today, we honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives, so that we may enjoy the freedoms we hold so dear. Their courage and sacrifice will always be remembered and honored across this great state, this great nation and most importantly, in our hearts. 

Memorial Day is our chance as Americans to remember our service members lost, and I am asking that you take part in a national moment of remembrance at 3 p.m. During this minute, we’re reminded of those whose names we may not know but acknowledge that they are the sons and daughters of this country.  

While it’s impossible for words to fully capture the sacrifices so many have made to keep us free, our hearts are filled with gratitude. We thank their family, friends, and fellow veterans for their service and sacrifice to our great country. 


Laura Koerner  

Texas Veterans Commission  

Chairwoman and U.S. Navy Veteran

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