I like holidays. Memorial Day and the Fourth of July have long been my favorite holidays because they represent a time for reflection for those that either gave their lives in the service of our country – or in memory of the principles on which our country was founded.
Each Memorial Day, I try to take some time to remember those who have served our nation. It was easier to do in High School as a Boy Scout, because we spent the weekend prior to Memorial Day placing flags on the graves of every veteran in Fountain County, Indiana. It was like a lesson in history and sacrifice as you read the government issued footstones that outline the service of each individual veteran.
To alot of people, Memorial Day is a day for BBQ and kicking off the rites of summer. It would be time better spent as citizens if we visited a cemetary and gave our thanks to those who went before us.
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