Memorial Day is quickly approaching and I am trying to think of ways to fill my day off. Of course, shopping is always a good choice :) but my lack of income for a good three months is causing me to be extra frugal for awhile. I am however going to good ole Stilltown for the weekend so I'm sure the remainder of the true friend club and myself will be able to find something to occupy our time.
But as I think about Memorial Day, I remember how I spent them so many times before I was an "adult." As part of our 4-H club project, we would go and put poppies on the graves of all of the veterans in our local cemeteries. I have to give credit to my sister here. For years, we had been running out of poppies before getting all of the veteran's graves covered. For her project, she found all of the veteran's graves at all of the cemeteries in town. I really admire her for that project because it took a lot of time and she did it by herself.
Anyways, I can remember doing this every Memorial Day since about the 7th grade. And, honestly, I kind of miss it. At the time, I didn't think it was that big of a deal but now I realize how much it meant to others. And how it helped me to show respect to the men and women who have sacrificed so much for my freedoms and my life.
This year I want to say thank you to all of the service men and women who are so graciously serving our country. Because of them we are able to live in a country with more freedoms than any other in the world. I am so grateful for that. And I am so grateful for the people that are willing to sacrifice for us.
I have always been supportive of the troops but I didn't really understand the emotions that come with a family member going into the military until it happened to one of my friends. And I still don't know everything but I know that it made me more aware.
So amongst a weekend of family reunions, lakes, sunshine and fun, be sure to thank our service men and women this weekend as well. They are the reason you can enjoy all of those things this weekend!
Happy weekend! :)