This week we celebrated the Start of Summer.
No, we remembered those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our way of life.
Sometimes I feel we forget the true reason for Memorial Day as we relax at the beach or camp out, or have friends and family over for burgers and adult beverages.
This year, even with the pandemic appearing to wind down, our town cancelled its annual Memorial Day parade.
I understand the reasoning behind it. But, it just makes me sad that we missed another opportunity to honor our fallen heroes. They did have a nice ceremony in town (still socially distanced of course) during the day, and there was still the flyover of a C-130 by the National Guard.
As usual, I teared up as the plane flew over our house.
I was also reminded the other day that Memorial Day is not Veteran's Day.
Memorial Day is a day to honor the dead...those who died on the battlefield fighting for freedom. Those who came home are honored with Veteran's Day.
Regardless, there are times that I feel we just don't remember or recognize our Armed Forces enough.
Maybe it is because I have a lot of time to think, as I swim, bike and run. And I pass cemeteries with flags, and town war memorials.
Anyway, I hope you took a moment to reflect on Memorial Day, and give thanks for those who died.
Freedom is never free. And I hope we never forget that.