On days like today it is hard to not be distracted by the possessing smell of roasting corn and smoking ribs, since it’s the holiday most businesses observe as marking the unofficial start of summer, to sit and reflect on the sacrifice many young men, women and their families have made in order to keep our country safe…
As Millennial’s we have been a generation at war our entire adult lives; this makes the time we spent at war in the Middle East (about 13 Years)– roughly triple the time we spent in World War II and so far four years longer than it took us to win our independence. Our formidable years were spent listening to political commentators shine their drastic views on drones, bombs, and missiles; all the while, we helped pick up the pieces to a ravaged economy and struggled to find jobs that met the expectations of the years and years we spent tirelessly studying for a “Career”.
Memorial Day is time set aside by the United States government to remember the men and women who have fallen while serving in our armed forces. Traditionally celebrated the last Monday of May– it was originally a day to commemorate the more than 600,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who had died during the Civil War! Sometimes it’s easy for us to be confused on the meaning of Memorial Day and its similarities to Veterans Day; But… you see, Memorial Day is the day we remember the men and women who have fallen while serving, and Veterans Day celebrates the service of ALL U.S. military veterans.
So today as you take a day of rest and spend it relaxing by your BBQ, remember the sacrifice and love for country many young Y’s, just like you and me, have taken- up in order to protect OUR futures!