Memorial Day - which falls on Monday, May 27 this year - means many things to Americans. It's the start of the summer holiday season and is marked by millions "hitting the road" in that great American tradition known as the family road trip.  Others use the three-day weekend to celebrate with friends and family closer to home, marking the occasion with backyard barbecues, beach parties or family reunions.Wiley X

While these are all wonderful things, veteran-ownedprotective eyewearmanufacturer Wiley X, Inc. reminds us all not to lose sight of the solemn meaning behind Memorial Day.  This uniquely American holiday is set aside for our nation to remember the estimated 1.2 million brave American soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country dating back to the Revolutionary War.  

"We've all heard the saying that freedom isn't free - in fact, we've heard it so much that perhaps it has lost some of its meaning," said Wiley X Co-Founder Myles Freeman, Jr.  "Memorial Day is a great opportunity for our nation to slow down and really think about this message - that the freedoms we all enjoy every day come at a cost.  Our nation has long been blessed with brave men and women willing to pay that cost for all of us, and this special day is in their honor," Freeman added.

Wiley X has a long connection with America's military, providing advanced ballistic eye protection to our soldiers for more than 25 years.  Every pair of Wiley X sunglasses meets stringent ANSI Z87.1 High Velocity and High Mass Impact Safety standards, providing occupational grade protection for all wearers and a wide range of activities. Wiley X is the only premium sunglass brand with this level of vision protection in every pair of glasses it makes. Selected Wiley X models also meet the updated MIL-PRF-32432 (GL) MCEP Standard (superseding the GL-PD 10-12 MCEP Standard) for combat protective eyewear.  This level of proven protection is a key reason why Wiley X is a top eyewear choice for law enforcement and other tactical applications in addition to military users.

For more information on Wiley X's full line of performance protective eyewear for tactical, occupational or recreational use, visit Wiley X, Inc. at 7800 Patterson Pass Road, Livermore, CA 94550 · Telephone: (800) 776-7842 · Or visit online