Show respect for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is upon us once again. Millions of hot dogs, hamburgers and beverages will be consumed across our nation. Many look at this day as the “official” start of summer. As we enjoy the blessings of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, let’s not forget the true meaning of Memorial Day. It is the moment in our nation that we pause to remember and honor the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. These veterans who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to “USA” in the amount of “up to and including my life.” That check was cashed in the name of freedom. They bear that cross with honor. I ask that you and your family take the time to acknowledge the sacrifices of these brave men and women who have secured our nation’s way of life. Their names are not mere words on grave markers or lists on monuments. They were people, not unlike ourselves. Americans who answered the call of duty. They have earned and deserve our respect.