Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in the nation's service. A retired Navy commander feels he has special reason to reflect this holiday.
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Kirk Lippold commanded the USS Cole on October 12, 2000, when a terrorist bomb was detonated on its hull while in port in Yemen.
"I always like to take Memorial Day and of course pause to remember the 17 sailors who were killed in that horrific attack by al-Qaeda on USS Cole, as well as the 37 who were wounded and awarded Purple Hearts," he shares. "But in a broader sense, it's really remembering why we honor, why we have what's called Memorial Day. And it is to memorialize those who give so much so that we can enjoy the very freedoms that we have in our country."
This year, he urges Americans to remember that the U.S. still faces terrorist threats from al-Qaeda and rogue states like Iran, which continues to pursue the development of a nuclear bomb.