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Memorial Day is Monday, May 29

Memorial Day is Monday, May 29, and there are plenty of opportunities to pay our respects to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Typically, we use this space to chastise those who spend Monday morning sleeping in, camping or otherwise enjoying the long weekend — made possible by the sacrifices of our men and women in the military — rather than attending a Memorial Day service.
But the reality is that there has been a resurgence of patriotism in this country, particularly since the United States was attacked on its own soil in September 2001. That brought to the forefront just how fragile our freedom really is, and how much we rely on our military personnel to preserve it for us.
As a result, we’ve seen an increase in the number of people attending Memorial Day services, as well as Veterans Day services. (Just a reminder: Memorial Day is our day to honor those who died in service to our country, Veterans Day honors those who have served in the armed forces, and Armed Forces Day honors those who are actively serving).
Although we have seen an increased attendance at Memorial Day services, perhaps the reminder that this day is set aside to remember and honor those who sacrificed all and died in the service can prompt a few more of us to take an hour out of our day to attend a service. We can no longer shake these fine folks’ hands, give them a hug, or otherwise thank them for what they’ve given for our rights and freedoms. The best we can do is stand at their gravesides, bow our heads and offer up a prayer of thanksgiving for their willingness to die for our country.
And although Memorial Day is not, technically, for the living veterans, we should thank them, also. Not just for their service, but because they are the ones who ensure, each year, that there is a Memorial Day service for us to attend, who arrange for guest speakers and musicians and the playing of “Taps,” place flags and markers at graves, and make sure that their fallen comrades are properly honored and remembered.
So, thank you, veterans, for all you have done both in the past and the present. And thank you to those who willing serve both now and in the future.
Hope to see you all Monday at one of our community services.