As we go about our activities today, let us all stop for a moment somewhere along the way and remember the meaning and purpose of this day. It is not just to decorate grave sites of loved ones with flowers, it is not to have cookouts and watch baseball games. There is nothing wrong with doing any of these things. But we would be most remiss if we did not recognize the men and women who have sacrificed their lives in uniform, throughout the course of our history, to keep this nation safe and free.
We can do all of these things, because someone was willing to pick up a rifle and defend that which is ours. Many lost their lives in the process, so that we could have the opportunity to enjoy the many activities we will likely participate in today. Please take a moment sometime today to remember the ones from years past, as well as those from the recent conflicts that we have been embroiled in for the better part of the past decade. We can debate the merits of those actions for the rest of our days on this earth. But these people I speak of were not drafted, they were not coerced or forced to do this in any way, shape, or form. They did this of their own free will and volition, too many of them did not come home.
If you know of someone who lost a family member in any of the wars, consider giving them a call today. Consider telling them that you have been thinking about them and the loved one they lost, on this special day. I bet it will make their day.