Hot dogs on the grill, a cold soda, hoping that new bathing suit fits for the summer first outing...
Common images of the traditional start of summer right? Schools have let out, people are looking forward to vacations to the islands, a soon-to-be bride is putting the final touches on her dream wedding.
While one family packs for a weekend away, a 20-something widow visits her husband's grave for the thousandth time, perhaps with a young child in tow, a child that will never grow to know their father.
It seems we often overlook the true meaning of the day…remembering those who died in military service to our country.
Is it wrong to enjoy the coming weekend? Should we all don black and mourn? The answer to both is a resounding No. But there is something you can do, we can all do.
Take a few moments and remember the price our society has paid so that we can enjoy the hot dogs, the soda, and watching the kids play in the lake. On the way to the lake, take a small detour – just about any cemetery will do – most I have visited have veteran's at rest there. Look for the flags – veteran's graves are often marked with flags on Memorial Day by other veterans, or as with the cemetery in Harwood this week, a group of 4-H kids – say a prayer and thank them.
If you're so inclined, write down the information on the gravestone and search the internet later for the veteran laid to rest there. Good teaching moment for the kids.
Some people say not to thank a veteran you may meet while out and about because Memorial Day is about those who were killed in action. Personally, I will thank a veteran anytime I meet one because I may not get a second chance.
If there is a memorial service nearby, that next episode of your favorite show on NetFlix can wait can't it?
I hope every has a great weekend and will take a few minutes to remember why we have the freedom we so enjoy.