On Memorial Day the flag of the United States is raised smartly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.
The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory is raised 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.
Today is Memorial Day, a day that we remember the men and women who have sacrificed so much to defend the freedom Americans hold dear. As we honor the sacrifices made by those who are injured, those who won’t return home, and their families and loved ones, we must remember that there are new battles to be fought here at home. Returning soldiers are grappling with debilitating injuries – amputations, paralysis, hearing loss, traumatic brain injury, and also post traumatic stress – and it’s our responsibility to ensure that we support, guide and nurture our wounded warriors in their return to our communities.
With a helping paw from a highly trained assistance dog from Canines for Combat Veterans, wounded warriors are experiencing life-changing independence, companionship and connection. NEADS assistance dogs are carefully matched with their partners in order to provide both task work and emotional support.
NEADS provides our assistance dogs at NO COST to our wounded warriors. In order to continue with this honor, Canines for Combat Veterans needs your support. Please consider a donation to NEADS/Canines for Combat Veterans program to help us match one of our highly trained assistance dogs with a wounded veteran to help them regain their independence and ease their transition to civilian life.
Thank you for your generous support in honoring our nation’s heroes.
John C. Moon
Director of Programs & Communications, NEADS