Since the founding of our nation, brave men and women have fought to protect the freedoms we hold dear. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice on battlefields near and far from home.
Every year on Memorial Day, we pause to remember the more than 1.8 million men and women who have lost their lives in service to America since 1775. In mourning them, we also acknowledge the families of the fallen who share their service and sacrifice.
We honor those who did not return by doing our very best to assist the 127,000 veterans and active duty personnel who call King County home. I am proud of the way the people of King County have shown their care and support for our veterans, including their approval of the Veterans and Human Services Levy that makes it possible for King County to offer housing, employment training, emergency assistance and other supports to help stabilize the lives of our veterans and their families.
On Monday, May 25, I ask you to join me in a moment of remembrance and respect for all who have died in the service of our country, and to reflect on their families and all the men and women who continue to preserve freedom around the world and here at home.
King County Executive