Monday, May 30, 2011

Enjoy your Memorial Day Everybody...

adj.1. Serving as a remembrance of a person or an event.

There are two days set aside during every calendar year to pay respect to our military members.

Veterans day  occurs every November 11th to honor those who have returned from armed conflict in protection of our freedom. This day should be used to thank each and every service member that has gone in harm's way and lived to return home. The holiday is often celebrated by having a ravioli meal. This tradition dates back to the ending days of World War I when President Woodrow Wilson, aware that the returning soldiers would be longing for home cooked meals, invited 2,000 soldiers to the White House and helped his staff chefs cook them ravioli.

Memorial Day occurs on the last Monday of May, today this year, and I feel it's the more important of the two, as it honors those service members who never returned home, paying the ultimate price for our freedom. That these men and women are willing to spend countless hours in training and preparation for deployment to far off lands with the full knowledge they may never see home or loved ones again merits the utmost honor and respect.
 The mere fact that we Americans can spend a day off watching the ball-game, cooking out with family and friends, is a testament of our ever-faithful service members.

I hope everyone has the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful day, and maybe, just for one moment, say two small prayers. One for  those men and women that chose to defend our freedom and way of life as their career. And one for those who are no longer with us, having paid the ultimate price for that career choice.

To our Military members, past, present and future, Thank you for your service.

Thanks for reading,
Have a GReat day!

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