Monday, May 25, 2015

LGBT Military Memorial Day

A few Memorial Day thoughts from Matt Thorn, Interim Executive Director of the LGBT military organization OutServe-SLDN, “Today many will attend parades, BBQs & enjoy the day off but Memorial Day is more than a federal holiday. It is a day for us to pay the deepest respects for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to this country. From the American Revolution to Iraq & Afghanistan wars the United States Armed Services have defended, protected & served our country with pride, diligence and strength. On behalf of OutServe-SLDN, we thank those who have fallen for their sacrifice, we grieve with their families & we memorialize their service & lives. In addition to honoring those who have fallen I would like us to take a moment to honor all of our armed service-members who were discharged under DADT. You also served & protected our country & paid a sacrifice for being who you are and loving who you love. This day is about remembering who we have lost and in a way we lost you. Because of DADT, we lost your service to this country, we lost the dedication you brought to the uniform, we lost your depth of knowledge because of a law and policy that never should have been. The noise, anger & push you all made under DADT led to its repeal and has laid the path for those to openly serve today. There are no words or amount of time that will give solace for all that you have given up & lost but we deeply and unequivocally thank you for all that you have done for this country. I hope that you all take today to keep our armed service-members in your thoughts as you enjoy the parades, BBQs & the day off.”
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