However you choose to spend your Memorial Day weekend, at its core it will always be about honoring and remembering those who have died serving our country, and the New England Patriots reminded us of how to properly honor those who have served our country.

Kyle Milliken is a Navy SEAL who died in a firefight in Somalia on May 5. The 38-year-old Maine native also has a connection to tha Patriots, having taken part in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011.

And in his honor, the face of the Patriots delivered a video message to the family of the 15-year Navy veteran, with Tom Brady thanking his wife and children for their sacrifice at his funeral this week, according to the Boston Herald.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft also honored Milliken with a statement earlier this week:

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Kyle Milliken served 15 years in the Navy and participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011.

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“It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011,” he said in the statement. “It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”

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