Memorial Day: Starting our Summer by Honoring the Memory of Those Who Gave All.

It’s Memorial Day!
Everyone knows that today is the “unofficial” start to the summer season. The mercury is climbing. Pools are open. The beach is packed. Cookouts are in full swing. And summer vacation is just a whisper away. We will most definitely be bringing you a taste of summer fun this week with our summer kick off. First though, we want to pause for a moment and remind everyone that today is about much more than barbecues and beach balls.

Memorial Day is recognized as a United States federal holiday for the purpose of remembering the people who have died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday is observed every year on the last Monday of May. While it is perfect timing for a gateway to summer, and what better way to remember those we’ve lost than with a celebration? It is also a solemn day. It’s a day for reflection. It’s a day for memories. It’s a day to honor and give thanks. So while you’re flipping burgers on the grill, or flipping over to get an even tan, take a few precious moments to pause, reflect and remember that today there are mothers remembering sons and daughters, brothers remembering brothers, wives remembering husbands, children remembering parents, and all of us remembering that the sacrifices that these unspeakably brave men and women have made, make it possible for you to sip that next beer, toss that next frisbee, swim that next lap…
So let us raise our glasses to the memory of the men and women of the United States armed forces. And take a moment to read our Veterans Memorial Wall (originally posted here), really read it… repeat the names, look at the dates, take note of the ages, the ways in which they were lost. I promise you that if you do that, that next sip of beer will taste smoother, the next bite of that hot dog will taste better, and your freedom, your sweet, sweet freedom will seem more valuable than ever.

To those who sent in the names of their lost love ones: we are profoundly sorry for the loss that you have had to endure. We thank you for sharing your heroes with us.
Happy Memorial Day! Summer… here we come!


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