Traditionally, Memorial Day is for honoring our fallen military, who gave their all for our country’s sake. I think most of us extend that remembrance to other heroes and loved ones. My children and I have often planted a flag at my husband’s grave, who did serve in the Air Force, but more importantly was our much loved one. When we spread my father’s ashes along a river spot he thought was beautiful, again we placed a flag in memory.
While our country is certainly not perfect, it is ours, loved and well-defended by many brave men and women. The flag of the United States of America is a symbol of more than our borders. It’s recognition of all our hopes and dreams.
Let us remember today, not just the sacrifices of those who died for the meaning of the flag, but the many who did and continue to serve in the military, the legions who give every day that we may realize our aspirations to be more and better; the police officers, firefighters, nurses, teachers, social workers, the mothers and fathers who work hard to raise their children, and many millions more.
Let us remember the “we” in “We, the People.”
Thank you to all. I remember you today.