Memorial Day, the official start of summer, is upon us once more. Pools are re-opened, barbeques are fired up and friends and family gather in backyards across the country to fellowship over burgers and beers. Sure, this kick-off to a new season gives us all a reason to celebrate, but it also gives us the opportunity to stop and remember those who have given their lives for our freedom.
We live in the greatest country in the world! It isn't perfect here in the United States of America, but it's still better than anywhere else. We enjoy freedoms here that allow us to choose our own paths and make our own decisions; freedoms that cannot be found anywhere else on this planet. But these freedoms were not just given to us; they were earned by men and women willing to lay down their lives to protect them.
It's easy to become complacent in this country because we have enjoyed this way of living for so long that now we expect, rather than respect the abundance of choices that we have. This becomes a problem when we start forgetting the price that was paid for us to live in this great country.
Many lives have been lost to protect our rights over the years, and the fight is never over. We must continue to stand up for our country, for our freedom. We must recognize and honor those who willingly volunteer to defend us. And, we must never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our homeland.
So, this weekend, as you celebrate Memorial Day, I hope you wear the red, white and blue with pride and you remember what this holiday is really about. Think about the Americans living on the other side of the planet, in the Afghanistan heat. Remember them as you sip your cool, refreshing lemonade. Think about the families who would give anything to share one more backyard barbeque with a loved one they lost to war. Think about the men and women who have died so that you can celebrate this holiday in the safety of your own home, with the comfort of your friends and family around.
We owe it to our country to fight for the memory of those who gave all. Let us never forget!