Memorial Day – Remembrance and Respect

I hope everyone had a chance to remember and respect those who died while serving our country today. I always get emotional when I see volunteers who help honor the fallen. At one point in time, the soldier had been a son or daughter, a husband or wife, or a brother or sister. When that soldier died, other lives felt that loss. Grief, pride, fear, and duty rolled into one.

Nowadays, Memorial Day is a weekend event that celebrates the fallen, veterans, a three-day weekend, and the beginning of summer. Just remember the true meaning of the day. Take a minute to think about what you have now and how it could have been if the soldiers had not fought for freedom during the Civil War, WWI, or WWII. Think about the fear the soldier felt when moving forward in an unknown mine field or having to dodge gunfire.

Let’s just hope that one day all wars will end and we can live in peace. Maybe that’s a prayer that could be said as well while we remember the fallen. May 30th is the original day of observation that was set back in 1868. If you didn’t have a change to observe the day at 3 p.m. today, please do so on Thursday.

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