Memorial Day signals the start of summer. It’s a chance to spend time with family and friends. There are cookouts, parties and festivals. It is a long weekend of celebration, a federal holiday since 1971.
I have no issue with people taking the day to remember everyone who has died on Memorial Day. I’m fortunate in that no one in my family died in service to this country; no aunts, uncles, cousins or grandparents. That said, I still think it’s important to remember what Memorial Day is all about and take a moment to say remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The saying goes that “Freedom isn’t Free” and many men and women over the years have given themselves completely so that we might enjoy the freedoms we have.
Happy Memorial Day! Enjoy your weekend. I plan to be out taking in live music all weekend at Live on the Levee tonight and at the Vandalia Festival on the Capitol Grounds over the weekend. In the midst of that celebration and family gathering, take a moment to think about what the holiday is all about and say Thanks.