Memorial Day isn’t about cookouts or backyard BBQs. It’s not about the fireworks or vacations either. It’s about paying tribute to the memory of those who have given their lives in the service of their country. Originally it was meant to honor those who died in the Civil War and eventually changed to honor those from all wars after World War I, but today it seems like the meaning of Memorial Day has become watered down with store sales and all sorts of frivolous things.
I can’t imagine what our country would be like without those who have fought and died to save our freedoms and I hope you will take this holiday in its context and think of those who have died to protect this country, its citizens, and their families on this and every Memorial Day. It’s amazing to think about the sacrifice that so many of our soldiers and their families have made. They gave up their lives so that we may live ours. If you have lost a loved one in the service of our country I want you to know that I appreciate what your family member did for our country. No words that I can say will adequately express what needs to be said.