Memorial Day Message from National Commander Fred Taylor

Posted: May 28, 2018

CIAssoc Members,
People often ask me the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day.  Memorial Day is meant to be a somber day of recollection of those who fell in line of duty and for all veterans who are no longer with us.  We remember them and respect their duty.  Veterans’ Day is a day of celebration because the original remembrance was for Armistice Day celebrating the “War to End All Wars” [November 11].
The CIAssoc recognizes that Memorial Day is a day set aside for all Americans to reflect and remember, and pay tribute to the brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our Country.  This day has always held significant meaning for the families, loved ones, and friends of the men and women who answered the call to serve in the Armed Forces of this great Nation, and paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend the freedoms all Americans are able to enjoy.  On this sacred day, let us never forget – Freedom is not free.
On May 5, 1868, Headquarters, Grand Army of the Republic, in Washington, DC, issued General Order #11, which said:
“Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence review our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon the nation’s gratitude.”
We in the CIAssoc are especially cognizant of what it means to lose soldiers in the line of battle and we have a lot to remember and memorialize.  Infantrymen are special and deserve extraordinary recognition for their deeds in service to our nation.

 Best regards,

 Frederick A. Taylor, Jr. 

    CIA National Commander
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