What with all of the sales flyers that have filled my mail box this past week and the celebratory posts and invites that have been floating through my Facebook feed nonstop, it seems like many people in this country have forgotten what this day means. The photo below truly captures what Memorial Day symbolizes.
Despite what the car dealers or Macy’s or the party planners would have you believe, it’s not about the excellent deal on that gas guzzling SUV or the 50% off sale on shoes you don’t need or that rowdy beer infused BBQ party you won’t half remember on Tuesday at work.
Memorial Day is about giving thanks to our nation’s heroes as we honor those who have fallen in their service to our country. So enjoy your day, most definitely, in whatever way you decide to do so. But let’s just remember those who made it possible.
“At its core, the nobility and the majesty of Memorial Day can be found in the story of ordinary Americans who become extraordinary for the most simple of reasons: They loved their country so deeply, so profoundly, that they were willing to give their lives to keep it safe and free.” – Barack Obama
To my U.S. friends — as we all enjoy our trip to the beach, those overdone hamburgers and hot dogs, the festivals and parades, and the long weekend with our families, let’s never forget those who have given us the privilege…let’s never forget the true reason and meaning behind Memorial Day. Enjoy your celebrations, but please, remember to honor the dedicated men and women of our military who never made it home.
Arlington National Cemetery
I posted this same sentiment last year on this day. I can think of nothing stronger or more appropriate to say to those who deserve our utmost respect, so I will simply repeat my heartfelt thanks and hope that it is enough.
Thanks go out to a myriad of family members for their service to this great country of ours…including no less than five uncles (4 of whom were brothers). But a very special thanks go to my Dad and my Brother. I have respect for you both in so many ways, this being just one of them. I love you guys. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your service.
to family, friends, and ALL who have served — thank you
I hope all of my U.S. friends enjoy their Memorial Day celebrations. Please remember to honor the dedicated men and women of our military who never made it home. Although a simple thank you will never be enough, my family and I are grateful, from the bottom of our hearts, for the service of those lost. I implore you all to keep the military animals in your thoughts as well. So many brave dogs, horses, and other animals have given their service to this country, including laying down their lives alongside their human servicemen and women. Please remember them all this Memorial Day, human and animal alike.