Memorial Day: Not Just a Day Off From Work
Memorial Day is the traditional kick-off to the summer. Outdoor grilling, relaxing with friends, a three day weekend. Care-free fun that can make us forget the true meaning of the holiday. While it's great to kick back, It is also important to reflect on the sacrifice that so many Americans have made to ensure our freedom. How many people do you know who have served our country in the armed forces? Maybe even you have left home and family for this duty. How many of us have a friend or family member who has died in the line of duty?
My paternal grandfather, Joseph E. Kane, was a pilot in WW2 who died in a crash over the pacific. He was only 27, married with a toddler (my father) and a baby on the way. I often think about how the loss of my grandfather has rippled through the generations. My father really never knew his father and I never got the chance to meet him. Unfortunately, it is a common story.
Take some time today to say thank you to those who have served our country. If you know someone who has passed away, think of a way to honor them--say a prayer of thanks, light a candle, donate to a charity serving vets, or place flowers on a soldier's grave. Small tributes are meaningful when they come from the heart.