It’s Not All About Cookouts and BBQs

This three-day weekend, we celebrate Memorial Day.  A day where we honor all those men and women that have fallen in the service of our country.  We celebrate this day with cookouts and gatherings while celebrating the freedoms and joys that living in the United States brings.  Too many times we forget the sacrifices that brought us those same freedoms. 

Over the past ten years thousands of brave men and women have stood for our freedom and have fallen.  Many of them are young, brothers and sisters of my own generation.  Over the years, countless more have given their lives on foreign shores and in far away lands. 

These are the unknown soldiers who occupy unmarked and unnamed graves.  They are brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, sons and daughters, friends and loved ones. 

As you enjoy this day off, remember all those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for out freedom.  Remember, too, the families that are now missing an integral piece.  Remember the spouses, the brothers and sisters, and the children of those that have fallen.  They are the ones that have sacrificed the most as they continue on through the strength of those that they lost. 

So, take a moment as you flip a burger or grab yourself another drink and remember all those that are no longer with us.  If you drink, raise your glass to the men and women who have given their lives to this country and to all those that continue to serve.

God Bless and PEACE

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