Memorial Day to Labor Day…that’s the way I measured summer growing up in a small Texas town where summers were long and slow…and hotter than blazes to boot.
But as Memorial Day approaches, every mattress sale commercial and overpriced RV advertisement promoting Memorial Day as nothing more than an opportunity to save money has my blood about to boil.
Memorial Day is the ONE DAY EVERY YEAR where we as Americans stop and honor those who have paid for our freedoms with their very LIVES. Do you have a job? Someone’s son paid for your opportunity to work and make a living with their life. Not crazy about this year’s election cycle? The freedom to vote has been bought with over 1.5 million patriot’s lives. Enjoying a lazy day at the beach? You can do so because of the sacrificial gift given to you on behalf of over 240 years of servicemen and women fighting for your right to do just that.
And folks, all of these blessings we have in this country are beyond what any other nation guarantees its citizens. And these freedoms weren’t free.
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So as Memorial Day approaches, I want you to celebrate summer with hot dogs and beach days and popsicles galore. Just do this first…
Find a local Memorial Day service where poppies are passed out, flags are placed on the graves of veterans, and prayers are offered on behalf of our nation. Most towns have at least one ceremony and they rarely last more than an hour. It’s the best hour you’ll spend all year teaching your children to honor our nation’s fallen and love this country and its plethora of opportunity.
Take time to do more than just purchase a new mattress this Memorial Day or save a few bucks buying a new TV. Take a few moments out of your blessed day to honor those who have paid for your every opportunity with their last breath.
And if you’re local, come to the ceremony at the Tequesta Riverside Cemetery off County Line Road. David and I have been going there for 22 years straight. It’s an amazing small town ceremony where veterans from WW2, Korea, Vietnam and all of our more recent conflicts come together. The South Florida National Cemetery off 441 also has a beautiful ceremony Memorial Day as well. One hour a year to remember and honor the fallen heroes of our nation– and it’s one of the most simple ways to teach future generations of the cost for their freedoms.
Memorial Day. It’s so much more than what the commercials and advertisements tell you…