Well, Memorial Day has now ended. I want to take a few minutes to reflect on what this day really means to me. When we re-do the same holidays every year, I think that at certain point we take them for granted. This holiday in particular is one that we definitely do not want to take for granted.
Like most Americans, I’ve had quite a few family members serve in the United States Military. Patriotism has always been strong in my family. Many Americans see the Armed Forces as a way to better themselves, and a way to show their love for this country. You may have been an immigrant trying to prove your allegiance to America, or an African-American trying to show ”White Society” that you are worthy of the uniform. Whatever your reasons may have been, once you put on that uniform, defending this great nation became foremost in your mind.
Over the nearly 250 year history of the experiment called America, many of her citizens have made the ultimate sacrifice for this nation. They lost their lives fighting for principles set down by our Founding Fathers so long ago. They lost their lives fighting to maintain a level of freedom that no people in history have ever experienced. It is for this reason that we as a nation stop our daily routines, and honor our fallen heroes. For all of those who’ve donned the uniform of the United States Armed Forces, we, as a nation, ”Thank You For Your Service”!