Memorial Day is about more than backyard barbecues and family gatherings and a day off work, though an extra day of rest in the midst of the busy spring season comes at the perfect time.
Memorial Day is a time to honor those men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice, those who have lost their lives in the pursuit of peace, protection, our freedom. It also honors their families, the ones left behind — mothers and fathers, children, spouses, siblings.
I am so proud that so many of my family members have served, having 3 grandfathers serve in World War II, and my father and father in law serve right after college, one in Vietnam and one stateside. It’s not as common in our culture today, and so it’s more important than ever to thank those who have risked their lives and to remember those who have died.