We honor our fallen brothers and sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our great nation each and every year. We honor them because they are patriots, leaders, fathers, mothers, aunts, uncles and cousins. They are Americans. As a culture and free people it is inherently our focus to put others ahead of ourselves. We do this every day in the US military whether it is helping an oppressed people remove themselves from a dictator (been performing this role for centuries including our own) to humanitarian roles where our brave Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen have travelled to foreign countries to assist with relief efforts, reconstruction and ultimately when needed, saving lives.
We know that are a free people and for most of us we understand that to maintain the level of freedom we currently enjoy that sacrifices must be made. They are made on the firing line. They are made on a seagoing warship. They are made in foxholes. It is on or near these places, the field of France during the Second World War, the hills, cracks and crevices and airstrips around the world, the top of Mount Suribachi, the jungles of Guadalcanal and Vietnam, Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan to name a very small few places our men and women in uniform have deployed to and in many cases never returned home to or paid the ultimate sacrifice of when they laid down their lives for their brother, sister and ultimately their country.
Memorial Day is the one National Holiday that is identified on a US calendar but in reality Memorial Day is something that American gold star families know too well and are reminded of on a daily basis. Their son or daughter’s photo above a fireplace or near the entrance to their front door hanging on the wall which reminds them how important it is to keep the memorial of our servicemen and women freshly remembered. Memorial Day is a day for reflection. It is a day that we as a nation come together and offer a thanks to those who cannot share their stories any longer, attend dinner and whose bedroom light is not on any longer. But, Memorial Day is also a very positive day because even though we have lost a friend or relative it is also a time that helps us keep their memory alive and to do that keep them in our hearts for generations. They are with us. They are in the next room and they are felt around us. We think it is a day that should be recognized every day in America but we are grateful that at least one day is taken to honor our American military fallen.
As a veteran owned and operated business we would like to extend our warmest heart-felt prayers and good wishes on every family member, friend or associate of someone that knows or is related to our American heroes, because that is exactly who they are. Heroes and we will never forget them and we will never let their light diminish. Ever.
2 Timothy 4:7-8
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.