The unofficial start to Summer.
A reminder that school is winding down after another year.
The appropriate time to begin wearing white clothing again.
Flip flops are in season.
Watermelon is served at the supper table as the revered summer dessert.
Community pools open.
Flowers are potted and vegetable gardens are tilled and planted.
BBQ grills are cleaned and ready for the season.
Memorial Day isn’t really any of those things above. For us Americans, it’s a time to remember our fallen heroes who gave their lives so we can enjoy the things above. It’s also a time to ponder the question, “How can I continue to honor those brave men and women in my own life today?”
I would say a great way to begin is by first remembering what sacrifices those in the military made to protect my life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as my God-given right. I would also never take for granted the call to serve others and to love my neighbor as myself. Then I would pass my values down to my children so they can value these God-given rights too. And hopefully, my children will then pass these same values and morals to their own children. If this gesture goes on then maybe I can say, those fallen heroes did not die in vain. Instead, we can honor their ultimate sacrifice by living out our lives in service to make the world a better place for all.
Happy Memorial Day.