Adjutant General’s Memorial Day Message

Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr.

Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr.

Memorial Day is a time for us to honor the tremendous sacrifices men and women in uniform have made so each of us may enjoy the freedoms we hold so dear. Here in the Commonwealth, we remember 10 Soldiers in the Virginia National Guard who paid the ultimate price while on federal active duty as a result of hostile enemy action. It is important that we never forgot these brave men, and we should keep their families in our thoughts and prayers during the time of remembrance.

We will honor Virginia’s Fallen Heroes at the Virginia War Memorial during the Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 26. I strongly encourage each of you to take time during the day on Monday to reflect on the sacrifices of your fellow Virginians as well as other fallen military service members and their families.

The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is also a time many gather with family and friends, and it also marks the start of the summer. While you are enjoying outdoor activities or catching up on chores around the house, please keep safety in mind with everything you do. We stress safety in all of our military operations, but there are also many other hazards that could cause harm to you or those around you. Please be sure to wear your seatbelt when traveling and obey the posted speed limits. Mixing alcohol or drugs with driving, boating or other outdoor activities dramatically increases the risk of hurting yourself or the people you care about.

Every Soldier, Airman, member of the Virginia Defense Force and state and federal civilian employee plays an important role in our mission, and it is critical that we all look out for each other and make sure we stay safe on duty and off.

Thanks to each of you for your continued service to Virginia and our nation. It is an honor to serve with you all.


Major General Daniel E. Long, Jr.
The Adjutant General