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News | May 28, 2023

Memorial Day Message from Maj. Gen. Martin Klein

By Maj. Gen. Martin Klein U.S. Army Reserve Innovation Command


Almost 70 years have passed since representatives from 16 countries signed an armistice that officially ceased hostilities on the Korean peninsula. That three-year conflict claimed more than 2.5 million lives, 54,246 served under the stars and stripes. It is this and other battlefields-from the towns of Lexington and Concord to the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan-that envelop Memorial Day in a solemn shroud, woven by duty, honor, and country.

This weekend, I ask all reading this to join the command in reflecting on the service of past generations and the wars they fought, particularly those who were buried near where they fell in battle or returned home in flag-draped caskets surrounded by grieving friends and families. Though their fight is over, let us engrave their names and faces in our hearts and minds. The ultimate sacrifice of these brave men and women paved the way for us to chase our dreams, raise our children, and forge a future founded on peace, freedom, and equality. For that, the best we can give in return is our gratitude.

I also recognize the men and women serving in the United States Army Reserve Innovation Command. Their courage and passion to solve the Army's toughest problems are second only to their humility and patriotism. They, alongside our close network of families, community leaders, and innovation partners, live the Army values everyday so we may remain the finest fighting force the world has ever known.

On behalf of the Command Team, I thank our Soldiers, civilians, and their families for their unwavering support in our endeavors to dominate the battlespace for decades to come. For those who lost a loved one or brother or sister-in-arms, our thoughts are with you, not only on Memorial Day, but every day.


Major General, USA