This coming Monday we celebrate Memorial Day 2017.  It is the American holiday, observed on the last Monday in May set aside to honor men and women who died serving in the U.S. military. Originating in the years following the Civil War the day became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Many things come to mind when we think of Memorial Day – parades, family gatherings, cemetery or memorial visits, a three-day weekend, a holiday sale. For some, it even means the unofficial beginning of summer. That’s all great but it’s also a time to remember; remember and honor the sacrifice of those who did not return from defending our liberties in battle, those who are currently serving to preserve those liberties; remember family and friends no longer with us and cherish the ones that are; appreciate what we have and renew our hopes for the future.

In the words of John F. Kennedy, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them.”

Happy Memorial Day!

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