Memorial Day is about more than summer road trips and mattress sales.
For 27 years, I served our country alongside my fellow federal workers. My civil service occurred following 22 years of active duty in the U. S. Army.
In addition to serving every American, one of the federal workforce's greatest responsibilities is to support and equip our nation's men and women in uniform.
My civil servant colleagues and I felt a great responsibility to provide for our troops, and we mourned each time we learned of a fallen soldier.
So to me, Memorial Day is sacred. On behalf of America's federal workers - half of whom work directly with our nation's military - we salute our fallen heroes and thank the men and women who are currently serving around the world to defend the United States.
Gerald F. Owens