Make It Happen Monday – How I’m Celebrating Memorial Day
Today is Memorial Day here in the United States. Every year we observe this holiday to remember and thank our military service members, particularly the fallen, who have allowed us to have the greatest country in the world. It’s through their service and sacrifice that we enjoy the freedoms that most of us take for granted, let alone the ones that we recognize.
Memorial Day has also come to encompass remembering all of our loved ones who’ve passed, regardless of military service. In my mind, this is also important. I’m not one to live in the past anymore, but that doesn’t mean that I’ve turned my back on those who’re no longer with me. I love and miss all of you.
Now, since it’s the kick-off of summer, it’s become popular to spend Memorial Day having a barbeque, drinking beers, and having a blast. That’s fantastic. I’m very sure that most of those who the day is dedicated to would love to join you or at the very least are glad that the freedoms they fought for let you do it.
But don’t forget them, either. This isn’t just a day to party.
How you pay homage is up to you, as far as I’m concerned. You can thank a veteran, give a little silent prayer, attend a parade, or any other perfectly great thing. That’s personal.
But here’s what I’m going to do, and what I propose:
I’m going to do something to exercise the freedoms given to me in order to improve myself, and I’m going to do something to help someone else.
Though I don’t have access to the heads of our Founding Fathers, I’m very sure that one of the basic founding ideals of the United States is that our citizens are encouraged to improve ourselves and each other. I can think of no greater tribute to then to live the life that others sacrificed to give me and to thank them for it.