Once called Decoration Day, Memorial Day does symbolize the beginning of the more carefree days of summer. From big, big sales in retail, to family and friends lighting up the grill for burgers, dogs (meat or otherwise!) and corn on the cob, to opening the pool and everyone making their first plunge of the season, this now 3 day holiday weekend, is a time for celebration.
Most importantly, however, it is a time to reflect and remember all of those that served, including their families, to allow us to be free to enjoy as we do. While I may never be as patriotic as others, I am always grateful for my freedom and never without respect and appreciation for those that gave and give me this daily gift.
As you go about your day, shopping, swimming, drinking, eating and laughing, please take time to remember those who gave YOU this gift. To those individuals (and their families) who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that my family and I can have peace this day, you have my heartfelt gratitude. My heart continues to stay focused on a world that can someday be at total peace with itself and it’s inhabitants. Until that day, I can only say “thank you.”