Today is a special day here in America. It is Memorial Day. For some it may just seem like another three day weekend or a reason for us to drink beer out on the lake. Yet, if you stop and think about it, there is not a life in this country that hasn’t been touched by a soldier who has fought and died for the freedoms we enjoy on a daily basis and, all too often, take for granted. Today is a day to remember the ones who gave their lives in service. To honor their sacrifice, their bravery, and their sense of patriotism.
It is very easy to get caught up in the festivities of the day that have become tradition. Family get-togethers, barbecues, days at the lake, and other celebratory events often take a center stage today. These things are fantastic ways to remember the lives of the service men and women for whom the day is about. Just take a moment and remember that there are so many families who are missing someone from their celebration today because they were lost in the fight to preserve our rights as citizens in this great nation. There are other families who are missing someone because they are still fighting for the same reason. Just take a moment and remember to say a prayer for those still placing themselves in harm’s way and for those who have fallen.
For me, there are no big plans for barbecues or anything specific. I’m just going to take time to catch up for some lost time with my fiance and the kiddo. Maybe we’ll go to the lake, maybe not, it just all depends on what we decide when I get there. But I do know that I will enjoy whatever the day brings and be especially mindful of what my ability to enjoy these things cost someone and their family.
For all who serve, have served, and will serve. I salute you and thank you for all you’ve done.