Each Memorial Day we honor those who were willing to sacrifice full measure in service to our nation. It is a day set aside so that in the midst of our busy, hectic lives we will pause and be reminded that the freedoms we enjoy were won with courage, tears and blood. Remembering this reality is important. Honoring its true meaning is of greater significance.
In a deeper sense Memorial Day represents a pact between the past and the future. As citizens of the United States of America, all that we have was obtained and has been defended at a very high cost. However, the story would be incomplete if it were allowed to end with that single reflection.