Memorial Day: Taking Time to Remember

This weekend is special for so many reasons. For many, this is the first time the grill is fired up, the pool is splashing, and the shopping deals are on. Personally, this weekend means tomato picking, salsa making, and canning. I urge you to reflect on what this day really means. Please spend some time thinking of those who died to make us free.

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To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps.” (source: Memorial Day History) While our nation has its’ problems it is still a GREAT nation. We are free because of the sacrifice of others. Wives lost husbands, children lost parents, parents lost kids just so we can be free.

One of my favorite shows is Army Wives. If you have never gotten into this show, it is great. Right now Netflix is carrying it so you can watch it from the beginning.  It shows you an inside peak of what military life is like and the sacrifices soldiers makes on a daily basis. I had the chance to live near Fort Bragg, NC and feel blessed to have met so many soldiers and their families. I went to a few Memorial Day services there and they are very well done. Military towns know how to respect their fallen and teach you about the history that makes our nation so great.

So, please enjoy your weekend but also remember to have a quiet moment of reflection to thank God and those who have given their life so we can live as we choose.

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