Every year here on The Phinsider, I take a moment to ask you all to remember why this holiday exists. While the long weekend and the friends and family are great, Summer in (unofficially) here and the weather should be turning great all around the country. An extra day off work and a chance to relax. Memorial Day weekend is a great time.
But, Memorial Day also has a meaning, and it is one of the most somber holidays we have. Today is not a second Veterans Day, today is about those Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who are no longer with us. Today is about those who gave everything they had to ensure that we can continue to live the lives we have and enjoy days like today.
Today is about the people who now rest in Arlington National Cemetery, in the veterans cemeteries all around the world, and those who have never been identified or able to come home.
As the saying goes, "All gave some, some gave all."
Today is not about the all.
Today is about the some.
Friends and family members who left and did not come home. The service members who are remembered with crosses, Stars of David, crescents, and headstones. The service members that still lie on a battlefield somewhere in the world, and may never get the chance to be laid to rest with the rest of their family or comrades.
Today is about people like Sergeant Christopher Taylor, Specialist Russell Nahvi, Sergeant Arthur Mora, Specialist Jose Rosario, Captain Kevin Smith, Specialist 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 a day to remember that freedom is not free.
Have fun today and tonight. Enjoy the unofficial start to summer. Hopefully you are grilling some great meat and enjoying great weather. Be smart if you are drinking, and don't drive.
But, somewhere today, take a moment to remember why we have Memorial Day.