Memorial Day brings up memories of cookouts, camping trips, beach trips, family times spent lazing in a pool, or fishing for perch in a farm pond. If I could think back on my own memories from Memorial Days gone past I could sum them up in a word “togetherness”…time spent with loved ones just being present with those I love.
Memorial Day was first widely observed on May 30, 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers and sailors. Today we have had many more wars to commemorate and reflect upon the sacrifices of those sent into harm’s way to protect our freedoms. For all of those who served and never came home, we remember you. So as you take a bite of that hot dog or dig in to a plate of fried chicken, this weekend, I encourage you to talk with your family members about the real meanings of Memorial Day, it is not just another 3 day weekend.