Yes, I said purposeful. In between the parades, cook outs, picnics, yard work, partying and everything else that goes along with a holiday I hope you take a moment to reflect on what this day truly is. Its not a day to thank our veterans, that’s Veterans Day. Its not a day to celebrate being an American, that’s the 4th of July. Memorial Day is a day we remember our war dead, plain and simple. The guys who didn’t necessarily get to come home to a parade or a free lunch at Applebees. The guys that didn’t get to sit at the VFW or American Legion drinking beers to their fallen friends, they were the fallen friends.
I am appreciative of all of the thanks given out on days like this, and I think we should enjoy the day too with good eats and drinks as appropriate. But what we really need to do is stop and pause and thank those that have laid dead in the fields of battle under an American flag, thank them that the flag that they carried still stands today.
Thank you fallen brothers and sisters.