Today, I’ve opted not to do my traditional Pull Up Post because it is Memorial Day. As I get older, and watch my son and his friends growing every day, I am more thankful than ever for our brave Military. For those who serve today, and for those who have gone before. And, on this particular day, for those who have fallen.
My heart swells with pride for them and their families, and at the same time, it breaks. So many lives lost on battlefields around the world fighting to protect our precious freedoms – freedoms that so many, it seems, take for granted; that so many think will never be taken.
Today, amidst all the festivities and the “Welcome Summer” celebrations, we take a moment to remember the true meaning of this day. We pause to reflect how this country came to be, we remember lessons about, and from, Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Pearl Harbor, Normandy, Korea, Vietnam. And now, Iraq and Afghanistan. We offer prayers for those who have gone before. And then we add prayers for those who continue in their stead, who stand at the door, ever vigilant, so we can have a beer at a barbecue.
Thank you, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines.
And thank you, families, for giving them to us.
You can never know how much we appreciate your sacrifice.