Memorial Day is way more than just BBQs, burgers, and beer, but that doesn’t mean we should feel guilty for joining friends and family for a great weekend. By all means, be with your loved ones, and raise a glass. Here in San Diego, in what many of us—with a slight bias—believe to be the Beer Capital of the World, the GovX staff will probably raise several.
But just be sure to stop and recognize what gives you the freedom to do that this weekend.
Memorial Day is a time to honor members of the military who have fallen in military service to the United States. Men and women throughout history have died on battlefields, making the ultimate sacrifice during combat operations in support of the mission, their allies, and their brothers and sisters in arms.
History is replete with examples of the US military defending the American way of life from infringements around the world. Heroes stopped the Nazi jackbooted thugs from dominating much of the world. Brave fighters defended the world from Japan’s fanatical Imperial military. Cold warriors resisted the advance of Communist influence. And today, courageous service men and women fight overseas against radical threats.
Now think about how different the world would be without those who’ve laid down their lives in defense of those causes.
We’d like to ask everyone reading this post to comment under this blog and leave a note to honor either someone you know who has made the ultimate sacrifice, or just to thank a current or former service member. Tell us their name, tell us their story, or just leave a general note of gratitude.
We look forward to reading your comments.