Today is Memorial Day. My family has just finished its backyard frivolity which included toddlers giggling and crying, oohing over the newest baby and challenges during lawn games. But before the fun began, I attended two Memorial Day services. The first was at the War Memorial in Greenup County, Kentucky, on Sunday and the other at the Veterans Cemetery Northeast, also in Greenup County, today.
The speaker reminded us how few Americans service in the military that protects our freedoms and thanked those there for their patriotism. I was pleased to see a number of children and young people at the services instead of the lake or local swimming pool. They recited the Pledge of Allegiance with hands over their hearts along with the adults who ranged from their 30s into their late 80s.
Memorial Day is when we remember those sacrificed for this country. My father was a World War II veteran who came home, raised his family and was proud of his service. We were proud not only of my father himself but the Purple Heart he won in the war.
I hope that on this Memorial Day you also took a moment to remember our fallen soldiers and be grateful for the freedom for which they fought ... your freedom.