We went to the Memorial Day parade in one of our smaller communities. To me, this is one of our more important holidays, remembering those who served, and died, fighting to give us the freedoms we enjoy today. The least we can do is put out a flag and take a moment to reflect on that.
So when we were at the parade and the military veterans started to pass by, the veterans of WWII, the survivors of Pearl Harbor, the men and women who have served during many of this country’s conflicts, it did my heart good to see the people along the street stand and applaud these brave men and women, and even the military dog units.
Not just polite applause, where people go, “Oh, well, I’d better clap, everyone else is.” This was full-blown appreciative applause.
Far too many of us take Memorial Day for granted and treat it as just another day off, or a day to have a couple hot dogs on the grill, or a day without mail, but it is much more than that. It is a day set aside to honor those who fought and died to keep America free.
Saying “thank you” wouldn’t kill you, would it?