Memorial Day is upon us once again. Sometimes the holiday has more meaning than other times. Since we have been at war with terrorists in far away lands for the past ten years, Memorial Day has taken on more meaning than it did when I was growing up in the 1970-80’s.
Here is a link to a list of ten ways to celebrate Memorial Day. Click the link to find out more detail on the ways, but I will give you some crib notes below.
1. Thank A Veteran
2. Place a flag on a Veteran’s grave
3. Visit a military museum, or a historic site
4. Organize a school observance
5. Knit a scarf for a veteran
6. Conduct an oral history with a Veteran you know.
7. Honor a Veteran on Facebook
8. Honor your Veteran with a tribute gift
9. Read a book on war history
10. Write a letter to your local paper
We all get a day off, a chance to be with our friends and families because of the sacrifices of the people that came before us.
Hershel Williams received the Medal of Honor for his actions at Iwo Jima. I once heard him say, “I owe a debt I cannot repay. God made me an American citizen.” I feel that way about Woody and every veteran, and active duty soldiers-I owe them a debt I can never repay. I am free.