Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day

Here in the United States today is Memorial Day. While the holiday has morphed into a day that marks the beginning of summer, the holiday is actually to commemorate those members of the armed forces that lost their lives in service to the nation.

I am proud of my service in the US Navy. I was fortunate to serve on active duty during peacetime, though I was a drilling reservist during the First Gulf War. But even peacetime service can be hazardous. There were several shipmates I served with who lost their lives due to accident or illness. Memorial Day is even more poignant for today's service members due to the casualties in the recent war in Iraq and those in the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

While many of us will spend the day grilling hamburgers with family and friends, we should never lose sight of the real reason for the holiday. Take time today to honor the memory of those who gave their lives so that we could enjoy the freedom that they bought with their blood.

Freedom isn't free.

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