Tomorrow is Memorial Day. We’ve been celebrating this holiday since 1868, albeit usually with hamburgers, trips to the lake, and relief for having a day off work. Memorial Day was originally named “Decoration Day,” and it was the day when the graves of those who served our country were decorated; usually with flowers and American flags in miniature.
When you are out enjoying your pool parties and hot dogs–I will be doing something very similar myself tomorrow & I think it’s a fantastic way to spend the day, so please don’t misunderstand me when I ask you to please take a moment to remember all that we owe our veterans, past and present, for the freedoms we enjoy.
Remember those of our fellow Americans who can’t jump into a pool with their kids tomorrow, who won’t be grilling out or sleeping in on Monday, because they are braving the reality of war, somewhere in the desert, half a world away:
We owe so much to our veterans; words cannot accurately express our debt. So, tomorrow, please take just a moment to remember.
For love of country they accepted death… ~James A. Garfield
(All photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)