Friday, May 23, 2014


It looks to be a beautiful Memorial Day weekend, in Athens Georgia, at least. The weather is perfect for grilling out and downing a few cold beverages of choice with your friends and family. Maybe take in a concert, go to the lake, hike in the mountains – a perfect time to enjoy the beauty and bounty of our country. At its heart, Memorial Day is not about grilling out, mega sales, or a day off from the regular grind. It is a day to honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives in service to their country.

I believe it is also a good time to remember what sacrifice means. It means there are parents who will not spend another Christmas with their son. It means there are boys who will never toss another football to their dad. It means there are girls who will never again feel the comforting embrace of their mother. It means the families left behind have a harder road ahead because a loved one is forever gone. These are hard, real, human sacrifices. A soldier’s sacrifice is not limited to their death, but extends through their family and friends. It is fitting that we should take time to remember the fallen. It is just as important that we take time to remember and help the families left behind because their sacrifice continues.

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