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"Thank you. We will never forget you." 2018 Memorial Day Message
One hundred and fifty years ago, no family or community was untouched by the bloodiest conflict in American history — the Civil War. The four-year-long struggle claimed the lives of over 620,000 soldiers — which is more Americans than died in both World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam combined.
It was on May 5, 1868 that the Grand Army of the Republic, an early veterans advocacy group comprised of Civil War veterans, first urged Americans to observe a “National Memorial Day” to honor the dead of the Civil War.
The tradition has grown in the 150 years that have followed. Today, Memorial Day is a cherished and protected national holiday — especially in Oregon.
Former Vietnam Fighter Pilot Continues to Save Lives of Veterans After War
Carys Fritz, Lines for Life
Lt. Colonel Tom Milligan was an Air Force Fighter Pilot in Vietnam. He served our country, flying almost 300 combat missions, and now he serves our Veterans here at home. Tom is the Director of Military Services at Lines for Life, a service dedicated to preventing substance abuse, suicide, and other mental health challenges that Veterans face.
Milligan leads the team of highly trained specialists who answer phone calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on our crisis lines coming from Veterans and Active Duty Military who struggle with different issues. They offer support and intervention from the perspective of fellow Veterans who can empathize with their pain.
The Importance of Capturing Veterans' Stories
W. Ashley Cozine, President, NFA
This Fourth of July Weekend, it’s important to reflect upon and celebrate the meaning of this national holiday by honoring those who have served our country to ensure our independence.
Many Americans celebrate by attending parades or reminiscing on our country’s history.