The weather is showing little signs of it, but the calendar proves that the first major holiday weekend of what is supposed to be the years’ warm weather months is here.
The Memorial Day holiday weekend provides an excuse, if for some reason you need one, to get together with friends and family for cook-outs, picnics, or just to hang out with at least a brief break from work.
Memorial Day will also see a large number of observances in area communities saluting the men and the women who’ve paid the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives in service to our country.
Over the years, I’ve taken the time to do a fair share of reading about the struggles of service personnel in places far removed from us who endured perils and conditions I can scarcely imagine in defending our flag and our way of life.
I marvel at the courage it took to storm the beaches of Normandy, to challenge an often unseen enemy in the jungles of Vietnam, and to bring freedom to the people of Iraq and Afghanistan.
I have spoken with enough Veterans to know that many live with scars from foreign combat that are both visible and unseen.
If you are not able to take the time to bring your children or grand children to a Memorial Day service, I hope you will at least take the opportunity when given to say thank you to a Veteran.
That’s the very, VERY least we can do.
That’s the way I see it.