May, marked officially as Military Appreciation Month, is a special month for both those in and out of the military. Nationwide we recognize and salute all the men and women in uniform that are serving or have served our country. Below is a message from the desk of our Military Liaison, LTC Robert Smith.
From the LTC’s Desk
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY (Can I Say It???)
In case folks need a gentle reminder - Memorial Day began after the Civil War as a way to honor the brave men and women who died in military service to the United States. For many Americans that means acknowledging those who sacrificed their lives by celebrating what makes this country great – cookouts, pool parties, concerts, etc. That said, I’m not here to chastise you or make individuals feel guilty about celebrating and enjoying the day off from work. What I would like to remind everyone is, YES, please enjoy the time off, enjoy the barbecue, time at the beach, sporting events, etc. However, regardless of how much you may be enjoying yourself take a moment out of your day to close your eyes and simply remember those individuals who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the good of this Nation!!!
Memorial Day needs to be a solemn remembrance of the brave Americans who have laid down their lives for the freedom we cherish. Fortunately or unfortunately (depends on how you look at it) we often hear the word “Hero”. However, the real heroes are the men and women who don’t come home from Battle, for Memorial Day is strictly dedicated for them.
Therefore Think of it This Way:
This Memorial Day, head to the ocean as the sun is coming up. Spend some time alone and think about those who never made it back. Then and only then return to your family/kids and be grateful for your existence. If need be, fire up the grill and invite friends over and wish everyone a Happy Memorial Day with the understanding that this day, and the joy it brings, are gifts we as a nation can never fully repay. The only way that we can repay is perhaps by living a life full of happiness, as our fallen comrades would have wanted, and never take Freedom for granted.
So yes, it’s okay to say “Happy Memorial Day”. Just remember the awesome meaning behind it.