Monday, May 28, 2012 | 2:02 a.m.
For me, Memorial Day is about more than summer road trips and barbecues.
For more than 26 years, I served our country alongside my fellow federal workers in NASA, the Air Force and the 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 the best that we were able for our civilian and military personnel and troops. We mourned deeply each time we learned of a fallen soldier because each of us had one or more family members in the military.
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. I honor their great courage, dedication and sacrifices. The freedom they help me have is a precious gift to me.
Bless them now and forevermore.