It’s a Monday without work, it’s a weekend with two Saturdays, the sun is out (finally), pools and lakes are busy and amusing our children while we sip on sweet tea and light beer. It’s going to be a glorious day, but is this what Memorial Day is about?
Surely, somewhere in the back of our minds we know inherently that Memorial Day is a day of remembrance, it is a day to thank those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to protect our rights as Americans. It is a day to thank those currently serving, to thank those who have served, and to remember that our freedom and our lives rest on the continued sacrifices of our military members. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be out bar-b-queuing, lazing at Virginia Beach, or playing Ultimate Frisbee, it simply means you should appreciate these activities more and cherish those around you.
Memorial Day however, is not Veteran’s Day. While we should always be thanking our military members, and while we can and should thank them on Memorial Day, this day is devoted to honoring our fallen soldiers.
It is easy to forget the dead. The dead do not rise up and protest mistreatment, the dead do not laugh with us, they do not cry with us, and they don’t complain about 2 weeks of rain or the fact that Virginia is already a humid swamp. Their presence fades from our lives gradually, until we forget what an impact they had. Our colorful, full lives have no place for such sadness, for such low feelings; we’re just not built that way. Especially on this day, amidst the fun and warmth, it is easy to forget the reason we are able to be away from our desks. Furthermore, we often disregard those who are living with the sacrifices of others, their wives, mothers, children, fathers, husbands, siblings, as these individuals never forget.
Memorial Day is not a day about a concept, as to many of us that is what our fallen soldiers are, a concept perpetuated by the news and in stories. Many of us have the luxury of not being personally connected to loss, and for that, we should be thankful. However, Memorial Day is very real, and every day more sacrifices are made so we can continue to live. This Memorial Day make time to visit Arlington Cemetery or any local Memorial Day events, listen to veterans talk about their fallen brothers, and educate your children on the importance of this day. Above everything else remember to thank and appreciate those who have fallen. Celebrate your freedom, but remember the cost.
Curcio Law wishes to thank all military members, active duty or retired and their families. Curcio Law remembers those who have fallen and thank them for their ultimate sacrifice.
We remember today, and every day.
Tom Curcio, the driving force behind Curcio Law, is a dedicated trial lawyer with more than 35 years of experience in Northern Virginia. He has dedicated his career to representing people who have been seriously injured through no fault of their own. He works tirelessly to obtain the compensation his clients are legally entitled to…
Rakin Hamad is a graduate of the George Mason Law School and joined Curcio Law as an associate in August 2018. Rakin works closely with Tom Curcio and staff in preparing cases from the initial client meeting through trial and has been a perfect fit for the firm. During law school, Rakin interned at the…
Julia Martinez, a Florida native, joined Curcio Law as a paralegal in 2013. She began her legal career in 1998 working at a personal injury firm that primarily handled automobile accidents, slip and falls, and products liability cases. Then, in 2008 she expanded her knowledge by working at two other law firms. She obtained her…
As the firm’s office manager, Kathy McAfee is dedicated to making sure the office runs smoothly and that the team has what it needs by way of resources, technology, and supplies to best serve our clients. Kathy graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from Roanoke College in 1986 and afterward, returned to Alexandria. She began…
Riann Winget, a native Texan, graduated with a BA in Psychology and a Minor in Legal Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. She was a member of the varsity soccer team, Chi Omega Sorority, and was on the university board for Big Brothers Big Sisters. After graduation, she joined AmeriCorps and taught preschool…
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