Today is Memorial Day. For many Americans, this holiday weekend has become the official start of summer—let the backyard BBQs begin, let the coolers overflow with as much beer as you can carry in from the car, and let the pool splashes last longer than the sunburn from a day spent too long in the water.
But wait. Shouldn’t we be reflecting more on why we even get to celebrate this weekend?
Now I’m not saying we shouldn’t spend time creating new memories with our family and friends. But what I am saying is that we should make sure those newly formed memories include an observation, a moment of reflection, and a demonstration of gratitude for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country and the ideals that make it what it is, protecting the rights and freedoms we enjoy every time we identify ourselves as citizens of the United States of America.
Teach your children, your neighbors, your family members and friends to pause for just a moment or two and thank those who have served in our military and paid the price for our continued freedom. Be sure to thank their loved ones as well for being as unselfish as those compelled to serve. And while you’re at it, say a few words of thanks to those who have served and are lucky enough to have come back home as well as to those who are serving still today.
Then pass the steak sauce, pour on the sunscreen and let the suds flow…celebrate your good fortune and how incredibly lucky you are to be a citizen of this great nation!
P.S. And when you finally take a moment to rest, don’t forget to jump on over to Goodreads and enter the giveaway to win one of the five free books I’m giving away, along with some groovy swag! Entries end at 11:59 p.m. tomorrow (May 31), so don’t miss out… https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/187079-the-dirt-still-looks-the-same-a-poetry-collective
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