Memorial Day – Have We Forgotten?

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The other day, someone asked me, “So, it’s Memorial Day weekend.  Are you going to the mall to hit up the sales?”

Then, food websites and magazines asked, “What are you cooking on your grill for Memorial Day?”  They continue with, “What are you making for Memorial Day?”  Cute little berry cakes with flags emerge, and families sitting at picnic tables laughing while gorging appear.

We’re expecting great weather for Memorial Day here. The temperatures are suppose to be in the 80’s. The sun should be shining.  However, despite the ability to cook outdoors and catch a few sales, my heart is with those veterans who have lost their lives and the families who have to live with that loss on a daily basis.

The Memorial Day hype from retail stores, magazines, and foodie places all seem to ignore why Memorial Day exists.  I’m sure if we never explained to our children and just let them read local advertisements, they would think it was some sort of celebratory weekend to buy appliances, clothing, and barbecue supplies.

There is something we can celebrate on Memorial Day –  our freedom, but Memorial Day is for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom so many of us take for granted.

So, this Memorial Day, while you celebrate the freedoms we have in the United States, remember those who sacrificed everything so we could maintain our freedom.  Say a prayer for our veterans, those who are serving, and for the families of those who lost their lives.

God bless you, and thank you for your service.

 

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