As we look forward to summer, let’s remember those who made our futures possible.
Barbecues, parades, opening day at the beach…these are all symbols of Memorial Day as the beginning of the summer vacation period. But none of us should ever forget the real meaning of this hallowed day. Memorial Day has been that one day that we forget our differences to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
In getting ready for the holiday, I can’t help but reflect on the presentation given by Marcus Luttrell in February at the AmeriQuest Symposium. For those of you who may not be aware, Luttrell is the author of “Lone Survivor, “the harrowing story of a SEAL team mission in Afghanistan that had tragic results. Luttrell was the lone survivor of that mission, which was also the basis of a recent movie starring Mark Wahlberg. When this brave man spoke, the true horror of war became apparent to all of those who were fortunate enough to hear him. And though he was grievously wounded, his greatest grief is for his fallen comrades. What was also apparent is the incredible dedication, loyalty, and bravery these brave men and women exhibited. We owe them all a debt of gratitude which, unfortunately, we can never fully repay.
So this Memorial Day, before you go to your picnic…or jump in the pool…or fire up the barbecue, take a moment…no, take more than a moment and offer a silent “thank you” to those who have paid the ultimate price.