Happy Memorial Day


    This is Memorial Day, a legal holiday. Almost all government offices – local, state, and federal – are closed as are banks and other financial institutions.

There is no mail delivery today and Chadron City Transit is also not running today.

     Under proclamations by President Joe Biden and the 50 governors, American and state flags will fly at half-staff until noon, then return to full-staff. The National Moment of Remembrance, one minute of silence, begins at 3 p.m. local time.

     Nebraska Gov Jim Pillen, in his Memorial Day message, writes “We express our gratitude to those who selflessly gave their lives to protect the freedoms we hold most dear — freedom of speech, freedom to worship, freedom to assemble and freedom to petition the government. 

    Those are the fundamentals of who we are as a nation, defended by those who have fearlessly served our country. May this Memorial Day remind us of the price paid for the Good Life we are blessed to have in Nebraska.”

      Nebraska U-S Senator Deb Fischer says“Every year on Memorial Day we honor the service members who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our nation. 

    And while we ache for the parents, spouses, and children who have lost members of our military, our hearts also swell with pride and gratitude for those who protected our freedoms. Let us never forget the meaning of this day or the patriotism of our fallen,” 

   Nebraska’s other U-S Senator, former governor Pete Ricketts, says a statement made over a half-century by President John Kennedy, “A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but by the men it honors, the men it remembers,” are still true today.

    Ricketts says “On Memorial Day, we honor the service and sacrifice of those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. We also give special thanks to the loved ones who served alongside them and whose grief today is a debt we can never repay.”

   43rd District State Senator Tom Brewer of Gordon reminds people that Memorial Day is the day we honor those who died in the line of duty wearing the uniform of the U-S with over 4,000 “Gold Star” families in Nebraska.

     Brewer, a veteran of 36 years himself, says “As the old saying goes, all gave some; some gave all. For those we lost in the line of duty, they are who we honor this weekend. That sense of national gratitude must be passed-down, one generation to the next.”