Monday May 25th, Memorial Day, our Nation’s Flag will be flying at Half-Mast for part of the day. Here is the story of why – first, she will be hoisted to the peak of the Mast for an instant and then lowered to Half-Mast position in recognition of our fallen heroes. Then at Noon, the flag is raised to Full-Mast by the living, “who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.” At 3:00 PM, there will be a National Moment of Silence. We ask that you take that moment to honor those who have served, those that are serving, and those we have lost through service.

This Memorial Day weekend will be like no other. For generations, on the last Monday in May, Veterans and fellow Patriots join together to remember and memorialize all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our great Country. For the first time since the Civil War we as grateful citizens will not be able to come together and support each other in solidarity and share stories of Americas Great Defenders of Freedom.

For our Veterans who have endured the hardship of losing a comrade, a Brother or Sister, a combat buddy, this Memorial Day will be extremely challenging. For those who have lost loved ones, family members, friends or a neighbor, this Memorial Day will be more somber and very difficult. Though there will be no parades or ceremonies this Memorial Day and we will not be with you to support you and show our appreciation, please know that our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your families.

I am confident in stating that all VNOC staff are extremely grateful for the sacrifices of our Fallen Heroes and we will never forget the cost of liberty and that we have a sacred honor to preserve it. God Bless America and all those who Defend Her!

God bless America
Land that I love
Stand beside her
And guide her
Through the night with the light from above
From the mountains
To the prairies
To the oceans
White with foam
God bless America
My home sweet home

Please take a moment of silence to remember those who have sacrificed all, and those who are willing to do so every day. We are the United States of America! May God Bless and keep you!