Once upon a time you could have asked me what I thought about Memorial Day and I probably would have told you that it was “the unofficial kick-off to summer and a great day to wave the stars and stripes.” While that statement still rings true today, it also has taken on a whole new meaning since August 30, 2010 when our family’s own hero, my brother-in-law, was killed in action in Afghanistan. He is the perfect example of why we celebrate Memorial Day. Casey and a million other heroes, fallen soldiers, that have given their lives in the fight for our freedom and the freedom of others around the world. Their sacrifice is the reason we can BBQ, wear white and frolic in the ocean today without worry.
My father-in-law, one of the smartest men I know, wrote an article about what Memorial Day means for him now that his son, his hero, is among the fallen we celebrate on this day. It’s personal and beautiful and appeared in the San Diego Union-Tribune yesterday. I hope you’ll take a moment to read it, reflect and celebrate the Caseys’ of our country that have sacrificed so much for our continued freedom.
I’ve written about our military heroes many times before because frankly, I don’t think we can ever thank them enough. So while our world just can’t seem to grasp the concept of world peace, there will always need to be those that are brave and selfless to fight for our country and the freedoms that we believe in.
As many have said…“Fortune Favors the Brave…” Thank a soldier and his family today for their service to you and your country. Happy Memorial Day!