Every year, when the calendar turns to Memorial Day, I take a moment to step out of Miami Dolphins coverage to remember why we have this day. While everyone enjoys the day off from work and grills start firing up, I always ask that you take a moment to reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day. The holiday has become a day to thank service members for what they do every day, and, while no one will complain about that, it is not why we have Memorial Day.
Today is about the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the United States. It's for the men and women buried in Arlington National Cemetery, veterans cemeteries all around the country - and world - and for the ones who may never come home. Today is not about the veteran, but about the veteran who gave all.
Memorial Day is about Sergeant Christopher Taylor, Specialist Russell Nahvi, Sergeant Arthur Mora, Specialist Jose Rosario, Captain Kevin Smith, Special Lex Nelson, Specialist Joseph Lucas, Sergeant First Class Jonathan Lowery, Sergeant Benjamin Portell, Captain Rowdy Inman, Staff Sergeant Bryant Mackey, Staff Sergeant Chad Caldwell, Specialist Alex Gonzalez, Sergeant Jose Regalado, Specialist Corey Shea, Corporal Andrew Wilfahrt, and Private First Class Robert Friese. Today is about the thousands of others who are no longer with us, but will never be forgotten.
Enjoy everything that makes the United States great. Have fun tonight with friends and family. Just, please take a moment to remember why Memorial Day exists.