Let’s Take A Moment And Remember What Memorial Day Is

ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 27: A member of the U.S. Army Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), salutes after placing a flag on a grave stone at Arlington National Cemetary May 27, 2004 in Arlington, Virginia. An event called "Flags In" takes place before every Memorial Day weekend in honor of those veterans who have lost their lives. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, VA – MAY 27: A member of the U.S. Army Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), salutes after placing a flag on a grave stone at Arlington National Cemetary May 27, 2004 in Arlington, Virginia. An event called “Flags In” takes place before every Memorial Day weekend in honor of those veterans who have lost their lives. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

[Make sure to watch the video below of Chief of Department, James O’Neill, and others share their Memorial Day messages.]

We live in the greatest nation and we are safe thanks in part to the men and women serving in our military. For some, this has meant giving their life while protecting ours.

While you celebrate Memorial Day today, join us in taking a moment to stop and reflect on the sacrifice they have made. Also think of their families who now no longer have their loved ones with them anymore.

The NYPD has numerous members who not only serve our city, but also our nation. Forty-seven of those members made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives serving our great country. This dates back to 1919 and most recently our “Superman”- Detective Joseph Lemm.

These 47 members, their families and all the fallen servicemen and women are in our prayers. Join us in our vow to Never Forget.

 

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ST. AVOLD, France – Leslie Palmer Cruise Jr., an 89-year-old World War II veteran from Horsham, Pa., honored the grave of Pfc. Richard Vargas during a wreath laying ceremony here at Lorraine American Cemetery June 2, 2014. Both Cruise and Vargas served as paratroopers with H Company, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne, and were part of the airborne assault during the D-Day invasion June 6, 1944.