Memorial Day weekend is personally one of my favorite weekends of the entire year.
Those who are fortunate enough, get to have a three-day weekend free from work, a lot of barbeque gets eaten and the beach is pretty poppin’. I mean…that’s where you’ll find me!
We all get caught up in the fun that a three-day weekend can bring, I know I do. There is so much to do, so little time to do it all. However, we can’t forget why we have this holiday.
Here’s an explanation from History.com as to why we are lucky enough to celebrate Memorial Day weekend:
“Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.”
… "Honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military"
That’s the important sentence to take away from that paragraph - the most important thing about this weekend.
The beach, the barbeque and spending the weekend away from work are awesome things, but so is living in the land of the free - because of the brave.
Recently, I started interning with the TAMCO Foundation here in Tampa. This foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan charity, which provides direct support to military veterans from Florida who have been severely wounded and disabled while serving our country.
I had lunch with someone that I work closely with this past week, and she told me a few very personal stories about helping some of the veterans over the past few years, and it really touched my heart. These men and women who put on a uniform every day protect our country, put their lives on the line, and don’t expect anything in return from those whom they are protecting.
We, as Americans, need to remember to give as much honor as possible to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our freedom. Not just this weekend, every weekend.
I encourage all of you this Memorial Day weekend to take a moment and remember those heroes who are no longer with us because they gave their lives for this country. For you, for me, for every American citizen living today–- these men and women fought for YOU.
After all, they are the reason we get to enjoy our beaches, our barbeques and everything we do during weekends such as this one. We wouldn’t be here without these men and women, they deserve all of the praise we can give.
I’m writing this post today with my whole heart. I personally have someone very close to me serving the country, and I know plenty of you do too. I admire those who served and currently serve this country in every way possible.
For those spending this Memorial Day missing someone in your family, thank you for being so strong in their absence, my heart is with you. To those who courageously gave their lives, and those who bravely fight today…Thank you.
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