For many, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. Family barbecues, lake outings on the boat and taking in a blockbuster movie have become annual traditions.
For the families of the fallen, this day is a bit more solemn – reflecting on love and loss. The selfless sacrifice that was made so we may have freedom.
Indeed, people know about the acts of heroism and strength directly after a conflict, but as those memories fade, so does the appreciation of those efforts. As such, Memorial Day serves as an annual event to keep those memories alive, and continue the traditions of appreciation for people who serve our country.
This, by many, is considered the most important holiday because it allows us to have all the others.
Cemeteries are filled with brilliant red, white and blue. Old Glory is found proudly adorning flagpoles on sprawling homesteads and perching on city porches. Children can be found in parades across the country proudly waving their patriotic symbol. This flag, our beloved stars and stripes, to some are a symbol of strength. To others, it’s a symbol of support.
As Americans, with these flags, we support you – the fighters, families, and fallen. May we never forget.