This weekend we observe Memorial Day, but, given the preponderance of mattress sales and "beginning of summer season" pool openings and barbecues, the reason for the holiday has been getting lost in the haze.
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, and was established to remember the Union soldiers who fell in battle during the Civil War. My parents called it that for years after the name was officially changed to Memorial Day and became the focus of a three-day weekend for many people.
Memorial Day is a day for us to remember the sacrifices of those who fought and died during the almost innumerable armed conflicts we have fought lo these many years.
Please take a moment this weekend to remember those who fell in the service to their country, and thank a veteran for their service.
On a personal note, thanks, Dad, for your service to this nation as well.