Memorial Day serves as a meaningful moment for us to honor and remember those who selflessly laid down their lives so that our freedom endures.

While Memorial Day is one of solemn reflection, it’s also a day to celebrate and cherish the values and freedom our fallen heroes fought to protect. As we embrace the long weekend by lounging by the pool, wetting a line in the lake, or enjoying a friendly round of golf, let’s remember that we’re afforded the opportunity to enjoy our favorite summer activities because of the brave men and women who paid the ultimate price.

Trent Ashby is the state representative for District 9 that includes Angelina, Houston, Polk, San Augustine, Tyler and Trinity counties. His email address is He and his staff are available during the week at (512) 463-0508 or (936) 634-2762.