This Memorial Day, Join VetFriends.com in Honoring our Fallen U.S. Soldiers, Veterans and Active Military

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VetFriends.com would like to take a moment to reflect on the many brave men and women who have given their lives in the service and protection of our great country. We additionally would like to thank all of our veteran brothers and sisters, active and reserve military of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. With the approach of Memorial Day and all year long, we salute, thank and honor all who have served and sacrificed to preserve our freedom.

Whenever I smell the fragrance of lilacs, I think of Memorial Day. It was called Decoration Day when I was in the third grade and we laid lilacs on the graves of veterans. Today, I wear my outdated uniform and march with any veteran's group participating in local parades. God Bless those who are willing to 'Lay down their life for their fellow man.'

Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a federal holiday that commemorates the fallen heroes who have died in military service to our country. On May 26, Americans will come together and pay their respects at cemeteries, memorials and parades, and a National Moment of Remembrance will take place at 3:00 p.m. http://www.VetFriends.com -- the largest Web site for reuniting U.S. veterans, active military, family and friends -- carries the spirit and tradition of Memorial Day, offering an online casualty memorial, a nationwide parade directory and a Memorial Day forum free for all to view.

To honor the fallen soldiers who have sacrificed the ultimate for our country, VetFriends.com has developed an online casualty memorial at http://www.vetfriends.com/memorial. Visitors can search by State, military branch and war to view and submit bios and photos in memory of our fallen soldiers.

A Memorial Day parade/events directory is available for people to find events in their area to show their support. The directory will highlight locations, dates and times of the Holiday's events at http://www.vetfriends.com/memorialparades/. Coordinators can submit and register their events at this site address as well.

An online Memorial Day Forum dedicated to all U.S. veterans and military personnel, past and present, living and deceased can be viewed at http://www.vetfriends.com/memorial_day_forum/. The forum reaches out to U.S. veterans and anyone else interested in contributing their thoughts and insights in regards to our U.S. military personnel and Memorial Day. Personal stories, sentiments and words of thanks will be posted throughout May and the summer.

U.S. veteran T. Cromack writes to the forum:
"Whenever I smell the fragrance of lilacs, I think of Memorial Day. It was called Decoration Day when I was in the third grade and we laid lilacs on the graves of veterans. Today, I wear my outdated uniform and march with any veteran's group participating in local parades. God Bless those who are willing to 'Lay down their life for their fellow man.'"

Other features available on VetFriends.com include: search the member database of over 863,000 people to make contact with old service friends; information on how to obtain military records and medals; message boards; upload past and present photos; military jokes; search and post reunions; military products and discounts; along with a variety of other features and services.

This Memorial Day and all year long, VetFriends.com encourages all Americans to honor and support our U.S. veterans and active military of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard -- all heroes of our nation.

Founded in 2000 by Marine Corps veteran of Desert Storm, Dale F. Sutcliffe, thousands of people have been reconnected through VetFriends.com, spanning from World War II through to Operation Desert Storm and the present. For further information and/or interview opportunities please contact Maynard Anderson at (843) 856-2867 or via e-mail at: publicrelations@vetfriends.com.

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