Remembering our fallen heroes

KODIAK, Alaska - Coast Guard Cmdr. Dennis Evans, commanding officer for Rescue 21 Project in Alaska, spoke on the sacrifices of our nation's veterans, with a special emphasis on Coast Guard wartime roles and CG Veterans at the Evergreen Cemetery in Juneau May 28, 2012. The first Memorial Day was not called Memorial Day, it's believed to have been celebrated with a parade of freed slaves and Union soldiers marching through Charleston, South Carolina in 1865. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Nicole Evans.

“Memorial Day is a time to honor our friends, our fathers, our sons, perhaps even our mothers and our daughters and others we have known that have made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Cmdr. Dennis Evans, commanding officer for Rescue 21 Project in Alaska. “Remembering our fallen once a year is not enough. The widows, widowers, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and children remember everyday. The empty seat at the dinner table, the smaller gathering on Thanksgiving, and the voice of a loved one heard only as a distant memory in one’s mind are constant reminders that they are gone. It is important that all veterans, their families and in fact, all Americans, pause to reflect on, remember and give thanks to our many heroes.”

Evans was the keynote speaker for the Memorial Day ceremony at the Evergreen Cemetery in Juneau, Alaska, May 28.

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