America enjoyed a long weekend. Not only was the weekend long, but the work week is shorter by a day.
Like at many homes, we fired up the grill and cooked burgers, dogs and kabobs and entertained family. Watching the children splash in the pool our minds were a long way from the battlefields of yesteryear when thousands of men and women gave the “ultimate sacrifice” so that we could watch grandchildren and friends go down the slide into the pool. For some it was the first time and invariably those would rush back up the seven steps to do it over and over again.
Memorial Day signals the official beginning of summer and the opening of many public pools.
It was also a time to remember those who gave their lives while serving in the armed forces so that we may enjoy the freedoms that we do.
I am fortunate to live in the south where we salute the flag, fly it freely along our city’s streets, and honor and respect the red, white and blue.
Watching the stars and stripes wave with the summer-like breezes that we had over the weekend injects pride and sends tingles from head to toe.
This is the country that for whatever reason God chose for me to be born into. I have been to other countries but am always anxious to get back on home turf.
We should always thank our veterans for their service. They put their lives on the line for the rest of us and I am sure were even more proud than ever to return to U.S. soil.
Many did not return. For those who did not return we have this special day of remembrance.
Still, it was a long weekend for which I thank them for making possible.
Now, let the summer begin!