Memorial Day weekend for millions around the nation marks the beginning of summer. Families and friends gather to fire up back yard barbecues, lakes are packed with weekend visitors and coolers of beer, children have tucked away no longer needed school backpacks and have made their plans for late mornings, swimming pools and daily adventures.
Yes summer is definitely here and it’s okay to wear white.
Living in America gives us this weekend. A national holiday that we have all come to recognize as the beginning of fun times. A weekend that businesses are closed, families and friends get together and make plans to float the river, get a tan, hang out on long summer nights, listen to out door bands while drinking cold beers or spend lazy days on the lake.
Without Memorial Day, how would we as a nation unify our beginning of summer festivities? How would we collectively orchestrate family get together’s, long weekend trips or even national store sales?
We wouldn’t be able too.
Without Memorial Day we wouldn’t have the freedoms to make these plans. We wouldn’t be able to gather families and friends together or to travel for long weekends or to lay out tanning or boating on lakes or to buy cold beers and fire up barbecue pits. We wouldn’t have the choices and we wouldn’t have the freedoms to do it.
So this Memorial Day, take a moment to thank the men and women that gave us these freedoms. Take a moment to reflect on their sacrifices. These courageous men and women that gave their lives for us, complete strangers, with the only common thread being that we live in this great nation and we believe in liberty.
They fought to protect the millions of us that are now enjoying this weekend. They paid the ultimate price. Thank the families of these service men and woman who are suffering the loss of their loved ones each and every day.
Memorial Day is not a day of celebration.
Nor is it a day of morning.
It is a day that we as a nation thank, appreciate, pray for and acknowledge all the heroic service men, women and civilians that put our quality of life above their own.
Make the day special. Hug your children, family and friends. Enjoy your weekend as there is nothing more unappreciative then to not take this gift that these heros gave us and embrace it.
Bless all our service men and women and their families and thank you for our lives.