This Monday is Memorial Day.  Among other things, it signals the start of Summer activities, camping, grilling, hiking, and visiting our parks and public lands.  The real intent of Memorial Day, however, is to remember and show respect and thanks for those who have given their lives in service of our country.  Remember, please, those who died protecting our freedoms and reflect on how fortunate each of us is to have been born or brought to this country where individual freedoms are respected and protected, by those we honor with Memorial Day.

In May of 2009, I posted the piece below and still feel it sets the right tone for our celebration of Memorial Day.

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Today, every American should stop, think and say a prayer for the men and women who have given their lives that we might be free.  Whether the World War Two hero or the 18 year old who died while standing guard at a base in some far flung outpost in Afghanistan, all veterans should be remembered for their service to our country.

It gives me pause to think that our great nation was built by men and women working in a free and secure environment, one secured by our veterans.  No other nation in the world has contributed as much to improve the lot of man.  This has happened because our people have been free to realize their potential like no other people before them.

I hope our leaders will respect the efforts of our fallen heros.  I hope they have the wisdom to help preserve our hard-earned freedoms.

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