Memorial Day has always been an important day for my family. Military service, as well as service to the country in other ways, is valued by us and has been for generations. As I sit here typing this post, I can look across the room to see my great-great-grandfather’s discharge and a history (a memorial) of his service from the Civil War. If I were to get up and move into another room, I’d find flags presented during the funerals of different members of the family. I wear the dog tags of others. For all those members who served, many came home but others did not. Some died later from complications from injuries they suffered on the battlefield. We remember them every day of our lives but on Memorial Day (in fact, during the entire weekend) we remember them and all the other members of the military, who have given their lives to protect this country of ours and those of us who live here.

So please, take a moment or two this weekend to remember those who sacrificed so we can be here today, enjoying our lives and our freedoms. Remember their families and loved ones. This is not a weekend to celebrate sales and act like idiots. This is a time for remembrance, contemplation and to reflect and ask ourselves if we are doing everything we can to make all those sacrifices meaningful.

Remember those whose names appear on the “Wall”.

Image by Clarence Alford from Pixabay

Remember those who died in other wars, standing between our country and its enemies.

Image by Jackie Williamson from Pixabay

Remember those who died in World War II.

Image by Robson Machado from Pixabay

And the Korean War.

Image by JamesDeMers from Pixabay

And every man and woman who died in the service of their country in order to keep us safe and free.

Image by Rich Syndram from Pixabay

Featured Image by Brigitte makes custom works from your photos, thanks a lot from Pixabay

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