Thank You, Soldier

Thank a soldier today.

Thank a soldier this Memorial Day (and every day).
Freedom isn’t free.

As we head off to enjoy a long Memorial Day weekend, remember what we’re observing on Monday. Memorial Day isn’t just the official start to summer, or a day to barbecue, swim and enjoy with family and friends.

It’s a chance to remember, honor and pay respects to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country. From a beach in Normandy to the deserts of Iraq and everywhere in between. While patrolling in Korea to responding to a natural disaster in New Orleans. Here one day, gone the next.

Fathers…
Mothers…
Brothers…
Sisters…
Sons…
Daughters…
Best friends…
Fraternity brothers…
Sorority sisters…
Cousins…
Aunts…
Uncles…
Teammates…
Co-workers…
Human beings.

They all left behind families, friends and loved ones who miss them dearly. Be thankful for those in your life, and the freedoms we exercise every day – often without giving them a thought.

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Freedom of speech, religion, to assemble and protest peacefully. The right to wear what we want, say what we want and watch a football game or NASCAR race on a Sunday afternoon.

So enjoy this long weekend with your family and friends. Barbecue, swim, laugh and smile. But please — thank a soldier. Remember someone who gave it all so we could have it all. Attend a ceremony; salute the flag. Have a moment of silence.

It’s not a political statement. It doesn’t matter if you’re red or blue (or somewhere in between). For one day, Republicans and Democrats become Americans. It’s just the right thing to do.

p.s. I’d be honored if you would leave the name (armed forces division, rank and any other info you’d like) of someone you’re remembering or honoring this weekend. Let’s remember together.

Remembering the fallen,
Jaime

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