On Memorial Day many of us get together with friends and family and mark it as the unofficial beginning of summer. However sometimes the true meaning if Memorial Day seems to become lost amongst the BBQs, days on the Ohio River, and swimming pool openings. Memorial Day is a day for us to remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom so that we may all continue to live peacefully in our great nation.
With the recent news of the death of Osama bin Laden I think we all count that as a victory in our fight against terrorism and as some small justice for the thousands that died on 9/11 and in the war since. We have all personally or known someone who has lost a loved one in this fight and it is good to know we are making progress.
America has been a great nation of liberty and justice for more than 200 years but we cannot forget that it has come at a cost. We must remember the devotion of the millions of men and women that allows us to continue to live as we do today.
If you are not able to make it out to an observance event in your area or to a cemetery to visit a grave, then at 3:00 p.m. local time you can join the nation in taking a moment to remember our fallen soldiers. Another wonderful tradition involves lowering the American flag to half staff until noon on Memorial Day in honor of those killed serving our great nation, and then to 'raise' their memory at noon to signify that their sacrifice has not been in vain and that we will continue to rise up and fight for liberty and justice for all.
While I hope that you take time to enjoy the warm weather and time with family and friends I also encourage you to pause for a moment to remember and honor the numerous brave soldiers that have fought and made the ultimate sacrifice for every one of us. Please also remember the families of current soldiers and the sacrifices they make every day so that we are protected. God bless America.