Dear Navy Mutual Members,

While Memorial Day originated as “Decoration Day,” for most of the year, the headstones of Arlington National Cemetery are bare; a silent, white formation that stands watch throughout the seasons. Twice a year, though, in May and December, the headstones are decorated with either an American flag or a holiday wreath.

Both events highlight the importance of remembering the fallen and honoring their sacrifice. This month, the Old Guard has honored those who have passed by staking a flag at 228,000 gravesites. These flags will only fly for a week, but the tradition is an enduring acknowledgment of the sacrifices made for our freedom.

Navy Mutual’s headquarters office overlooks the cemetery and provides our staff with a humbling and daily reminder that it is our duty to be there for military families and survivors and to honor the service and sacrifices of all servicemembers. It is so important that neither is forgotten.

This weekend, a wreath will be placed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on behalf of the Navy Mutual Membership, and I will be taking some time to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by those who died in service to our country. I hope you will join me for a moment of silence on Memorial Day.

Thank you for your continued Membership.

It is an honor to serve,


Rear Admiral Brian E. Luther, USN (Ret.)
President and CEO