Established to honor those who have died serving our nation in the Armed Forces, Memorial Day is a time of solemn remembrance. Originally known as Decoration Day after the Civil War, the observance of Memorial Day evolved alongside America’s continued fight for freedom and liberty, until finally becoming a federal holiday in 1971.

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel Morse

Tomorrow is a day to remember our fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States of America. Many of them perhaps were our Kansas neighbors, friends, or even family members. They laid down their lives so that we may live free in the greatest nation on Earth.

As we enjoy our freedom with family and friends this weekend, let it be in a spirit of deep gratitude for the warriors who purchased it with their lives. Moreover, please take the opportunity to thank our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines, who bravely stand ready to fight for America and preserve freedom, no matter the cost.


Ron Estes
Member of Congress