As this holiday weekend approaches and we rush around to get to the beach, hook up with our families it is easy to forget just what this holiday is all about.Many of our kids don’t understand the significance of what it means to honor our fallen. To many of us it has just become a day off from work, or a day you may have to work.
Originally it was known as Decoration Day, a day to recognize the Confederate and Union soldiers who died during the civil war. After WWI it then became a holiday recognized by all states as a day to remember our fallen soldiers. It is now celebrated on the last Monday in May in most states although several states do celebrate it on alternate days.
Unless it has hit you personally it is easy to overlook the price that many families and our male and female soldiers have paid to keep us all safe. It is hard to imagine the devastating loss of a mother,father, son, or daughter who has bravely fought and died protecting their country.
It is also important to remember that while we are here celebrating and enjoying our freedoms we still have soldiers in foreign lands hard at work.So if you happen to cross paths with one of our many brave soldiers that have given of themselves to keep us safe so we could live our lives please look them in the eye, shake their hand, and say, “Thank you.” for all that they do.