Step Back and Reflect this Memorial Day



Over the past couple of months, I have used this column to share information with you regarding legislation we passed during the 2024 Regular Session. This week, I would like to take a break from policy and legislation to reflect on the importance of Memorial Day.


In the fast-paced world we are in, it can sometimes be reduced to a three-day weekend that marks the start of summer. While it does give us a chance to spend some time with our friends and family, and get some much-needed rest and relaxation, it is above all else a day to remember something that we should never forget - the American soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.


Kentucky is fortunate to have a rich military history. It is deeply woven into the fabric bounding this beautiful Commonwealth together. Kentuckians' call to service dates back further than even our nation’s, as the pioneers who called the territory their home, fought with great distinction in the French and Indian War. It continued through the American Revolution and into the 19th century when more of our soldiers fought than any other state in the War of 1812. Patriots have pushed back against the forces of evil around the world—leading the fight in the Pacific, in Europe, and in the Middle East—to keep this country safe. They made the ultimate sacrifice so that the greater good could prevail.


Next weekend, I encourage you to reflect on our Kentucky history recognizing the valor and dedication of our military personnel, ensuring that their sacrifices are never forgotten. Beyond its historical importance, Memorial Day fosters a sense of national unity and gratitude, reminding us to appreciate and uphold the values for which our nation’s heroes gave their lives.


America truly is the land of the free and the home of the brave because of the noble sacrifice of others to keep us safe. Without them, we would not be afforded the rights we have today. It is my hope that we can help our future generations recognize the importance of Memorial Day. This is not just a three-day weekend; it is a solemn occasion to honor our military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. By instilling appreciation for their bravery and dedication, we ensure that our future generation will know the true meaning that Memorial Day endures.


Let us remember the wise worlds of President Ronald Reagan, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."


As always, I can be reached anytime through the toll-free message line in Frankfort at 1-800-372-7181. You can also contact me via e-mail at keep track through the Kentucky legislature’s website at

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