It’s so easy to get caught up in your own life and all the things like work and play that keeps the average person busy. But sometimes there are days I like to call big picture days- days that remind you of the big picture in life. For me, today is one of those days.
Today is Memorial Day and we wouldn’t have this day if there weren’t thousands of men and women who served in the military and made the ultimate sacrifice for our country- they died in the line of duty. And for one day, we all should remember them and what they mean to our country.
For me, words can’t describe how grateful I am for these service men and women who have helped to protect our freedoms. I wouldn’t be able to freely write these words or live my comfortable and fulfilling life if it wasn’t for a lot of people who made the decision to serve our country. Unfortunately, some of those who make that choice never get to come home.
I enjoyed my Memorial Day today. I did some work around the house, went over and enjoyed some time with friends, and best of all spent the day with my fiancee. That to me is a good day.
But as I woke up and went outside to start my day, one of my neighbors had put little American flags all over their front yard. Seeing those flags reminded me why this day is important and why I shouldn’t forget it’s true meaning.
Yes, Memorial Day means cookouts and good times as well as the beginning of summer. But it also is a day to remember all those that have fallen in the line of duty. I try to remember them and their families who have suffered a loss you can’t even imagine. That is sacrifice in it’s truest form.
So how do I remember those that have given the ultimate sacrifice on this Memorial Day? What is the right thing to do to pay tribute to those more than worthy of such praise? For me, the answer is a sincere thank you.
I want to thank all of those that served and died for our country and the freedom it is founded on. While there are no words I could say to the families that have lost a loved one, I hope that someone thanks them today to let them know just how important that sacrifice is to all of us.
The United States is unique and special for so many reasons. But what really makes us great is our people. And nothing demonstrates that fact better than Memorial Day. Today we remember those who are gone in the name of freedom. Today we remember the sacrifice that has been made by so many people so freedom is not just a passing word but a way of life.
Memorial Day is a time to remember. Because some things are too important to forget. And with that I’ll end with those two simple words I hope conveys the message I want to share today- Thank You! That’s all you really can say today isn’t it?
The Redheaded Pharmacist