In spite of the risks, there are those who continue to volunteer in service to our great nation. Serving in our armed forces is the epitome of selfless service but statistics show that less than 1% of the population actually serve. Approximately 14,000 men and women currently serve in the Georgia National Guard. Since Sept. 11, 2001, Georgia Guardsmen have been deployed continually somewhere around the globe. During the past year, the Georgia National Guard deployed over 2,000 Soldiers and Airmen on overseas missions to preserve our liberties here at home. At this very moment, members of the Georgia Army National Guard’s 248th Area Support Medical Company and Air National Guard’s 165th Airlift Wing are deployed overseas conducting contingency operations. Additionally, over 3,000 Georgia Guardsmen have been actively fighting the unseen enemy of COVID-19 right here at home.
Memorial Day also serves as a reminder that we must continue to remember our Gold Star families not only on this day but throughout the year. Gold Star families are those who have lost an immediate family member in military service. I recommend that you consider reaching out to a Gold Star family member to thank them for their service and sacrifice and thus reminding them that the loss of their loved one will never be forgotten.