Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day

As with most holidays, our culture has created a  tradition whereby holidays become associated with celebrations of no relation at all. For example, Christ's birth has become all about Santa and gifts. The death and resurrection of Christ has become all about colored eggs and an over sized bunny rabbit. Memorial Day seems to be about a three-day weekend and burgers.

There are men and women in war zones all over the world, protecting my very right to write these words and to live in this democratic society. Yet there is no significant way we, as Americans, do to make our gratitude known for all who have served in our military, past, present and future.

It's ironic, because I venture to say that the people who get a three day weekend are NOT those serving our nation. The males and females in the military are scattered around the world, seeing and doing things no individual ever should, existing in rough environments far, far away from their families. They aren't the ones enjoying the cookouts and long weekends.

I know our society isn't likely going to change its way to celebrate a holiday, but we can all take steps towards a change. Many of us have family and/or friends who have served in our military. Going forward, all it takes is a phone call or a text to express our gratitude. Love is a great ways to show appreciation, and it costs nothing.

God Bless America and all those who are serving our great nation, yesterday, today and tomorrow!