Memorial Day Weekend has always held a special place in my heart. As a Volunteer Fireman in my hometown, for eight years I marched in the local Memorial Day Parade. At the end of the parade everyone would congregate for a Memorial Day service. We would pay tribute with a gun salute from the local Veterans Organization and a few words in memory of those in the service who have passed before us.
And while Memorial Day itself was always a Monday the weekend around it was always more then that for me. The 30th of May was my Dad's birthday. Shortly after his, my brother's birthday followed. Memorial Day Weekend as long as I can remember meant spending time with my family as well as my brother's in Fire Department. I was always surrounded by family this weekend.
And so on this day I remember and thank those who served this country. And on his birthday I remember my Dad, who we also lost too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has had to show resilience over the years and overcome the tragedy of losing a loved one. God Bless You & God Bless America.