Memorial Day is a well-known American holiday, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings, and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season. This year, Memorial Day Weekend was a much more somber holiday as we are embroiled in a different type of war. This war is a health crisis that has taken many more lives than we care to count. As we slowly move forward carefully reopening our country, we do so together, united against one common enemy.  We may have had to forgo rambunctious parades, crowded cookouts, and large family gatherings, but together we still remember.  Personal signs of celebratory patriotism and respect for our local communities in need, took on a new look and were no less heartfelt.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them.”  John F. Kennedy

This past weekend, I hope you were able to take a moment and pause in a commemorative way befitting your family.  At The Kelly Group, we proudly displayed the American flag to commemorate those who gave their lives in service to our country. We salute our clients and members of the community that are veterans. Thank you. We are forever grateful for the ultimate sacrifice for the Unites States of America. To those who are fighting this war today, we thank you for your invaluable contribution, renewed hopes, and national aspirations.  Today we praise the men and women who continue to sacrifice for their community and country, with selfless devotion, outstanding courage, and honor. May their sacrifice be a constant reminder of things that matter.  We ask that you visit our website, or Facebook Page on a regular basis for updates and articles that may provide additional information and a calming voice.  If you have any questions or concerns, we are here to listen, in fact we welcome your call.

Stay Safe and Healthy, and May God Bless You and Our Community.

Best regards,

Bryan E. Kelly, CFP®

Managing Partner