We obviously live in the greatest nation on earth, yet it is often easy to become complacent about the things we enjoy that others living elsewhere cannot.
Freedom, peace, and the ability to live as we please (within certain limits) are just some of the advantages of being Americans.
However, it is the men and women who go overseas in order to protect these liberties on a daily basis – past and present – who sometimes go overlooked, so this holiday enables us to recognize and reward each and every one of them with thanks and praise.
For me, personally, I have never served in the armed forces, so do not claim to know what it would be like to spend time abroad in an unfriendly, foreign country where, for the most part, I was not wanted.
But just from hearing firsthand accounts of war from those who have walked the walk, as well as from stories on televison and radio, I, for one, really do not need a holiday to show my gratitude to those soldiers who have made living in the United States a privilege and an honor.
So, the next time you see a member of the armed services walking down the street, whether he or she is dressed in uniform or not, make sure to tell them thanks for all that they do.
It may be just a small gesture, but to them, it means the world!
Happy Memorial Day everyone, and to America as well!