Monday is Memorial Day and most people will enjoy a day off from their jobs. The weather is turning right for a great long weekend and we look forward to it after the chill of winter.
I would like to ask everyone to take a few minutes and remember why we get to enjoy the day.
The Memorial Day holiday is observed in remembrance of military men and women who sacrificed their lives for us so we can have freedom.
There will be parades, ceremonies, and family reunions across the country. I hope everyone gets to do something they enjoy but as I said before, we do need to remember what the day is all about.
So many have lost their lives in war and it is still happening today. Four American soldiers died on Monday, May 16, in Afghanistan in an explosion. That made 16 NATO service members killed in May and 167 for the year. That is a lot of families who are suffering from the loss of their loved ones on this Memorial Day.
Let's not forget we still have men and women in harm's way. It seems we just cannot learn how to live in peace. We need to remember our freedom came at a great cost.
I recently visited the cemetery and took notice of headstones in memory of two young men who left Manila in the early 1950s and were killed in Korea. Another gravesite near by was that of another young Manila man who was killed in Vietnam. There are more there and in other cemeteries.
All of the cemeteries have their own heroes who were victims of wars including World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq, and Afghanistan. We have had casualties of war since the beginning of our country and we don't need to take it for granted.
Let's be proud of our military and back them for the job they do. They go so we don't have to.
As we barbecue and enjoy our day off, let's remember those who did not return and remember the families who will always have someone missing from their reunions because of war.
Memorial Day is a time to remember and give tribute to the true heroes of our country.