Since the beginning of this great nation, more than one million service members have lost their lives in the line of duty so that Americans can enjoy the many freedoms we hold dear.
This price for freedom and the true meaning of Memorial Day is never lost on those who serve, have served or know someone in the military. On the contrary, the day can be painfully somber. On the heels of years at war, as many of us who are affiliated with the military personally knew someone who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
This year and every year, American heroes of the distant and not-so-distant past deserve to be honored. Honoring the fallen can be as simple or complex as you’d like. Participating in the yearly National Moment of Remembrance, which takes place at 3 p.m., is a good place to start. It’s a great time to reflect upon not only the lives lost, but the reasons they were lost. Many people also choose to visit cemeteries or memorials, which is why flags are commonplace there this time of year. Many bases, memorials and non-profits also host event where you can pay your respects.
Often times, we hear the reminder that Memorial Day isn’t “about the cookouts,” and while this is so very true, we hope after you’ve paid tribute, you’ll have the chance to spend some wonderful, quality time with people who are important to you. To those deployed and will continue to stand watch, continually placing their lives on the line as we enjoy our day, we humbly thank you.
Have a wonderful Memorial Day, readers.