Memorial Day is an interesting holiday. It began informally following the Civil War and quickly became a point of reconciliation between the war-battered North and South. Remembering those who lost their lives in battle is a pain that crosses ideological boundaries—no person in any state or country can fail to feel the loss of a loved one or empathize with others who have. Our observance today gives us a moment as a nation to reflect on the past and current sacrifices that individuals in our armed forces make every day in our name. So, please, join us and others across the country at 3 PM on Monday, and take a moment to reflect on those who have laid down their lives, the principles of character they represent, and the values they defended.