Today is Memorial Day. It’s a day of cookouts, family get-togethers, and weekend sales. It’s a day off from school, from work, from the gym. It’s a day of insane traffic while everybody comes back from the beach. It’s a day to go to the newly-opened pools, have a beer, spend time with the kids, the neighbors, the family. A day to relax.
And throughout all of that, most importantly, it’s a day to reflect on the countless men and women who will never enjoy those things again because they selflessly gave their lives for this country. It’s a day to remember the families who lost sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters, who may not have agreed with the cause, but went willingly nonetheless. It’s a day to remember that the Soldier in uniform who laid down his life in some faraway land did not start the war he was fighting, we did. He was only doing the job we sent him to do. And because of that sacrifice, it’s also important that today we re-commit ourselves to making this country the greatest it can be so that our servicemen and women didn’t give their lives in vain.