We are fortunate to live in a country that has given us a gift – a legacy to look back on – as well as the ability to continue to create. Let us be grateful to the heroes who have put a stamp on the future and made a tremendous contribution to our future generations.
The media outlets from many sources compare COVID-19 to a war that all of us need to work together to defeat. As with any war, we all bring different talents, experience, and knowledge, and some may step into leadership roles. Although this pandemic can sometimes make it feel like we’re fighting a war, we will never forget the sacrifice made by those heroes we honor on Memorial Day who truly served our country in war.
Many Americans observe Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, by visiting cemeteries and memorials. Some people wear a red poppy in remembrance of those fallen in war – the tradition of the poppy comes from the poem, “In Flanders Fields”, written in 1915 by John McCrae. On a less somber note, many people take weekend trips, throw parties, or hold barbecues on the holiday, perhaps because Memorial Day weekend – the long weekend comprising the Saturday and Sunday before Memorial Day, along with Memorial Day itself – unofficially marks the beginning of summer.
As we are coming into this holiday weekend, let’s be sure to give thanks and appreciation to all the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Have a safe and peaceful Memorial Day.