Happy Memorial Day
As this holiday comes and goes I want to take a second and make sure we all understand why we get this long weekend at the end of May each year. While it is absolutely amazing, and greatly appreciated for that matter, all the gratitude displayed all over town and social media, thanking veterans currently serving, Memorial Day is for those Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who never made it home. Memorial Day is dedicated to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the ideals of America: for our freedom.
When you approach a Vet today and thank them for their service, it is no doubt appreciated, but that is what Veterans Day is all about. That holiday, which falls every November, is tribute to those currently serving or who have served in the past.
I know I’m nitpicking here, but I feel that the distinction should be made. This weekend, is for those we’ve lost on conflict on foreign soil. This holiday is in remembrance of those who gave their lives so that others could come home. Memorial Day is tribute to the heroes who took up a cause, fought for what they believed in, and stood side by side with other heroes for an ideal greater than themselves and kept them united.
We truly live in the LAND OF THE FREE because of the BRAVE. Happy Memorial Day America.
“Heading Home” – VMU-1 – FOB Edinburgh, Sangin Province, Afghanistan 2010
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