In Honor of Memorial Day

Dear EU Community,

There are few things in life as powerful as our memories. Our memories comprise who we are and how we live. They shape the kind of future we seek. 

Some memories are individual and others are communal. As a nation and as a world, we hold collective memories of military members who sacrificed their lives in service to our country. 

And so Memorial Day is a painful day for many among us, as those of us who have lost loved ones are filled with those memories. For others of us, it is an opportunity to choose to reflect on the memories of others – to choose to be part of the shared experience of our nation and world.

This Memorial Day, amid whatever social events are on your calendar, I invite you to choose to be part of this communal day of remembrance. Perhaps set aside some time to read the stories of families who have lost loved ones, watch a video online, or spend some time talking with a veteran. 

Let us join together in gratitude for the many blessings we enjoy as a result of the sacrifices made by members of our military, as well as their families. And let us join our hearts in prayer for the military families and friends who are grieving the loss of loved ones. 

To all of the women and men in our Eastern community and our U.S. Military who have served and sacrificed for our country, thank you. 

Ronald A. Matthews