Memorial Day. What are the first things that pop into our minds when we think about this holiday? Or the weekend as a whole? Travel, usually to the beach. Hot dogs. Cookouts. And let’s not forget the sales offered by just about every retailer.
But what about the real reason behind the holiday? How do we remember our dead?
I grew up in a military town. Years ago, even in Fayetteville, North Carolina, it seemed as if all I heard about were the cookouts and the sales. The real reason for Memorial Day as a time to honor those who died in service to our country somehow got lost in the shuffle.
Ever since the War on Terror began, I’ve seen a change. Now, newspapers and websites consider the real reason why we have this holiday. Many of the comics dedicate their Memorial Day strips to those who died in war. Some of us know someone who gave their lives in service to this country, or we at least know someone who lost comrades on the battlefield.
Today, while we pause from our busy lives to grill out or have friends over, let’s take a moment to remember the real reason why we have Memorial Day. Let’s pause a moment and reflect, even pray for the families of those who lost loved ones. Then, let’s remember why we have the public square and our freedom to express ourselves. It’s because of those who died over the years for this country.
Questions: Do you know someone who died in service to their country? What do you remember most about them?
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