As a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to think a few minutes today about why we have “Memorial Day”. Many of you won’t be working today because it’s a holiday. Like most, I will spend time with family today. I will visit my parents at Lake Anna, enjoy a boat ride on the lake, chow down on grilled hamburgers, and relax on my final day of a three day weekend.
And while that’s great, it’s not what today is about.
First and foremost, do not thank me for my service today – at least not out of respect for Memorial Day. While I always appreciate consideration for a decade of service, today I am not one that you should be remembering (that’s Veterans Day). While it’s never a bad time to thank or remember those who have served, Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
So today, even for only a few moments, please remember those who have died while fighting for the freedom of our country. And equally important, remember and thank family members and friends of the fallen who share an incredible burden and sacrifice. Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with why today is a holiday.
LINK: Memorial Day (Wiki)