“Memorial Day,” much like the osteopathic medical profession, has transformed in its 130+ year history. Created shortly after the U.S. Civil War to honor the brave soldiers who lost their lives and those who yet lived on, Memorial Day has come to symbolize the beginning of summer as much as the soldiers it was meant to recognize. But we must not forget its original meaning, especially in light the recent end of the Iraq War as well as world leaders at this past weekend’s NATO Summit in Chicago agreeing on an exit strategy from the War in Afghanistan. Our troops, who have protected America throughout these decade-long wars, will soon be on our shores once more. Yet our military will stand ever-ready to serve should we need them. Their dedication is what allows us all the peace, comfort, and freedom for which our country is known.
As we celebrate the holiday weekend, let us remember our soldiers and their service, and their role in ensuring our prosperous present and bright future. Moreover, we should especially honor the many DOs and AOA family members who have served in our country’s armed forces, bravely risking their lives to save the lives of others. In honor or their service and sacrifice, the AOA will close its offices on Friday afternoon and Monday, May 28.