Honoring the fallen
On Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday of each May, we honor the more than 1.2 million military personnel who have given their lives in service to our country. We pay tribute to those who bravely answered the call to protect and preserve freedom here at home and around the world. We take this time to also honor the families of those who did not come home.
We owe a debt of gratitude to all who have served, and particularly to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. As a community, we must support their families – and we must stand with our returning veterans, offering the assistance they need to thrive here at home when their military service is over.
The rights and freedoms for which our military personnel have fought are once again under threat in our world. As we reflect on those we have lost, and those who serve today, we can offer only our deep – but inadequate – gratitude for the liberty and security their sacrifice has given us.
On Monday, May 30, I ask you to join me in a moment of remembrance and respect for all who have died in service to our country, and to thank the more than two million active duty and reserve personnel who serve today.
Dow Constantine (he/him/his)
King County Executive