Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional kickoff to the summer season. Many people will hit the beaches, the river and have cookouts. It signals that time of the year when summer is on the horizon and we all tend to relax a little bit. But Memorial Day is much more than that.
I grew up with a father who was a history teacher. He also served in the U.S. Army. As long as I can remember, Memorial Day meant one thing to me: A time to pause and remember those who died in service to our nation. We always attended Memorial Day parades, flew the flag, my brother headed to the local cemetery with the Veterans of Foreign War to play taps, I always participated in the VFW essay contest. We also had cookouts. But a year never went by that we didn't remember those who fought and died for our country and participated in events to honor them.
There are still plenty of events for you to attend to remember the real reason for the day. And we'll be out there covering them for you just in case you can't get to them. But if you check with your local town you are sure to find a Memorial Day observance nearby.
So as Memorial Day 2008 nears, and we all enjoy what looks like a great weekend to be outdoors to relax, let's also remember those who gave their lives so we can do that.