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Memorial Day: More than just a day off
Today we celebrate Memorial Day, a federal holiday to remember those who have died defending this country while serving in our armed forces. However, most Americans see this holiday as a day off from work or have the expectation to get paid more if they do work. Unfortunately, our nation has evolved into a self-centered, self-indulgent society with a mentality that thinks, “I’ll do what is best for me.”
Nevertheless, it would be nice to set ourselves aside for one day to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, the most selfless act anyone can do. Also, let us take a moment to remember those mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, friends and family who are left to grieve and mourn the loss of their loved ones. When they died, their dreams ended, and with them the future families that will now never be.
Therefore, we should remember them with the utmost respect and gratitude. Their sacrifice is absolutely incredible. I don’t think there are any words to properly thank them. As our nation pauses to remember those young men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in their service to this great nation, we have the privilege to remember them and be thankful.
So to all those who gave their lives, to all the families who have felt the pain of losing a loved one, and to those who continue to protect and serve this great nation, “Thank you.”
Just a Thought,
Published on Monday, May 25, 2015 @ 6:39 AM MDT
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