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Memorial Day 2011-Remember a Vet today

I try to write a post daily, and there are those that agree with me and those that don’t, but today I want to speak to you as a proud American. I love this country. I know that it is not perfect, but we strive daily to make it a more perfect union. Today I want to take the time to reflect on those who have served this country and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. My dad served in World War II, my uncle served in the Korean War, my first cousin served in Viet Nam and in a few weeks one of my nephews will be deployed to Iraq. All of my relatives served proudly and all of them were blessed to return home in tact. For that I am forever grateful, but on Memorial Day we think of those who went to places far from home and lost their lives perserving our freedom. Today is not a day to talk about the legitimacy of war. Put the soapbox aside today and just honor the ones we lost. So on this day I thank those who gave their all for all of us and I pray for those who lost a loved one. Take a minute to just remember their sacrifice.

Memorial Day is More than “the Unofficial Start of Summer”

Yesterday a friend of mine asked me where were the fireworks?  I said fireworks are for the Fourth of July a day of celebration. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance. It is supposed to be a somber day, but like all holidays it has lost its meaning to so many.  My mother used to visit my Father’s grave before she did anything on Memorial Day. She would put her flag out in front of the house. Yes, she would go to cookouts, but my father’s memory was front and center on her mind. Now when we hear Memorial Day it is followed by the words “the unofficial start of summer.” We are more likely to go to a Memorial Day sale than to a Memorial Day service.  We are simply to busy texting, twittering or posting to take a little time, and reflect on those who gave their lives so we could text, twitter and post. This is not meant as a chastisement because I am living in the glass house. So I am in no position to throw a stone. So today before you heat up the grill just take a little time to think of the 5461 lives lost in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Their sacrifice must not be forgotten.

Memorial Day: In Honor of those Who Died for Us


Some things we can debate, but some things we can’t. We honor the ultimate sacrifice that so many made so that we might live freely. Today we salute all of the men and women who sacrificed their lives for this country.

(Photo from the Chicago Tribune)