Monday, May 27, 2013

The Meaning of Memorial Day

When you ask someone about what Memorial Day means to them you are likely to hear some common themes about sacrifice, courage, bravery, and honor. What we don’t always consider is the deeply personal stories that live behind these sentiments.

This year, I have enjoyed the privilege of hearing some of the personal stories that have shaped Memorial Day for several members of the Texas Department of Agriculture family.

I invite you to take a look at the videos below to hear these stories and my own thoughts.

Please, in your own way, take some time today to honor those men and women who paid the ultimate price for all of our freedom. We will not forget their service. God bless their families, God bless Texas and God bless the United States of America. 

Jessica Escobar
Assistant General Counsel and Public Information Officer,
Texas Department of Agriculture

Michael West
Coordinator for Rural Economic Development Financial Programs,
Texas Department of Agriculture

Earl Lundquist
E-Communications Specialist,
Texas Department of Agriculture

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples

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