A time to remember…

On Monday, May 27, people in cities and towns across the United States will celebrate Memorial Day – the American holiday, observed on the last Monday in May – commemorating the men and women who died while in the military service of their country.

Over the years, this holiday has come to mean different things to different people. There are parades, family gatherings, barbecues and cook outs, cemetery and memorial visits, wearing of the red poppy, a three-day weekend, holiday sales and for some, the unofficial start of summer.

First and foremost, though, it is a day of remembrance for the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. It’s a day to 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!

Posted by MJ Thomas

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