Too often many of us (and I include myself among us) think of Memorial Day as Race Day or Day Off Work Day.
It was originally called Decoration Day to honor those who died in service to our country. Too many young men of my age went, and I did not have to because of their service. For those who lost someone special such as Porter Rathbun, thank God for them being in your lives and remember them. For those of you who made it through, and came home, THANK YOU!
Many people then started using it as a day to revere the memory of any family member or friend who passed on.
If you follow the tradition of honoring service men and women, I salute you. But all of us — whether we honor the original tradition of Memorial Day or not — should take a moment to remember the people we were close to — parents, special relatives, close friends — who have passed on. They meant the world to us in life, and we should all take a few moments to remember the lessons they taught us, the way they made us laugh and smile, the secrets that we shared with them.
That keeps them alive in our hearts and minds.
Who will you remember this Memorial Day?