Good morning and happy Memorial Day.
Not long after more than 600,000 Americans perished in the Civil War, it was decided that honoring those that had fallen was in order. What began as Decoration Day, soon became Memorial Day and all of the men and women who died serving in the United State Armed Forces were remembered, not just those that fought in the War Between States.
I've never seen combat, but I know it's terrible and frightening – just ask anyone that has. Robert E. Lee may have said it best: "It's well that war is so terrible – we should grow too fond of it!"
I won't be a simpleton and say that every single man and woman that's fallen during duty has done so for our freedom. In some cases, that's true, but it's far from a universal truth. I will say that they all fought and paid the ultimate price for America's best interests (or perceived best interests at the time) and they're a huge part of the wonderful quality of life we all enjoy as Americans.
So, before you fire up the grill or crack open the first beer today, consider taking a minute to reflect on those that have laid their life on the line for this great country and those that continue to do so.