The last Monday in May is known as Memorial Day, a day we, as Americans, set aside to honor and remember those who, when called by the nation, showed up and gave their all. Today we must take a moment, at the very least, to show our respect and appreciation for all those who died in our nation’s wars. They gave us everything they had. We owe it to them.
Each of those who died in combat areas around the world - men and women in the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard - had families who loved them and who were loved back. When these men and women were called, they didn’t shirk. They served. They didn’t run off to hide behind daddy’s legacy or political contacts. They picked up a rifle, boarded a ship, or closed the jet’s canopy, and went to fight. Many of them didn’t come back.
They were men and women complete with their own sets of successes and failures. They were our friends, our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, neighbors and co-workers. Today, while we’re enjoying our BBQ ribs or steaks or burgers, the very least we can do is take a few minutes and remember those who can’t be here. We must show them the respect they deserve.