Originating as Decoration Day in 1868, Memorial Day is an American holiday, honoring members of the armed forces who died while serving.
Maj. Gen. John A. Logan, who headed an organization of Union Veterans, established Decoration Day in 1868 as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Civil War dead with flowers. After World War I, the holiday was broadened to include service members who died in all of the country's wars, not just the Civil War.
1.1 million Americans have died in the nation's wars.
Across the nation, I'm encouraged by programs that reflect pride and support of our veterans. One such program in Georgia is the Vietnam War Certificate of Honor program with the goal of honoring every one of Georgia's 234,000 Vietnam War veterans. Another program is Carroll County Housing Authority's Department of Housing and Urban Development Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program, which helps eligible homeless military Veterans secure and maintain decent, stable, and affordable housing.
On behalf of the team at Fenix Risk Management, we are honored and humbled to be fellow Americans with fallen warriors who have given us the opportunity and freedom we have today.
We remember and thank those who gave their lives in serving our country's armed forces.
The Georgia Department of Veterans Service serves Georgia's 752,000-plus veterans and their families in all matters pertaining to veterans benefits.
More information about the Vietnam War Certificate of Honor program and how to apply for a certificate can be found at http://veterans.ga.gov/vietnam.
The Housing Authority of the City of Carrollton is committed to being a leader in providing affordable housing to very-low, low and moderate-income persons through effective management and wise stewardship of public funds, partnerships with our residents and others to enhance the quality of life in Carrollton.
For further information about the HUD-VASH program, please visit http://carrolltonhousingauthority.com/hud-vash.
Fenix Risk Management is an independent insurance agency proudly serving families & businesses in the Southeast.
Simmy is an adviser at Fenix Risk Management.
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