Most people will enjoy a day off work on Monday in celebration of Memorial Day. The day was established to recognize our military men and women who have given their lives for our country.
Too often the day is taken for granted and we don't stop and give the holiday much thought. We should stop and remember those who sacrificed their all so we can enjoy not only the day, but every day.
We can only dream of a world where there is no more war. It is a shame we can't learn from our past and get along in our future. Only last week we received the news of many of our young soldiers killed in action. I'm afraid we haven't learned our lesson yet.
From the beginning of our country during the Revolutionary War to saying goodbye to our loved ones today as they leave for Afghanistan or Iraq, the emotions are the same. Our brave, young men and women answered the call.
Today we have an all volunteer military and it has remained strong. We are fortunate to have citizens willing to serve. It is a requirement in some countries for young people to serve in the military. In years gone by we have had the military draft when young people had no choice but to go when they were called. Most went willingly even though they hated to leave their homes.
We should hold a great respect for our men and women in uniform. If not for them we would not be able to enjoy all of the freedom we have.
Let's never forgot to remember our men and women serving in the Armed Forces.
As a mother of a member of the U.S. Air Force, I know how difficult it can be to see them leave home for the first time. It has been almost 22 years since our son left for basic training --- I still remember it well and how difficult it was to let him go.
It was his choice and evidently it was the right one for him. He will be retiring soon. I wonder if he will be content to settle down in one place for the next 20 or so years. We'll see. I guess time will tell.