The kick off of Memorial Day weekend is associated with the unofficial beginning of summer. All over America the barbecues will be in full force as friends and family gather for some fun. But during this weekend - and especially on Memorial Day itself - let's remember what the day is really about: The heroes who have willingly and bravely fought for our country, especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives.
Without those willing to die for our freedoms, it's hard to picture what America would be. The sacrifices made by these men and women - and the sacrifices their families make - deserve our respect and full gratitude. So let's send a prayer of appreciation to those throughout our history who have stood up for America in the face of grave and often fatal danger.
And if you see a veteran or an active member of the military this weekend, or anytime really, please offer them a simple thank you for their service. It's the least we can do for these American patriots who deserve so much more.
Happy Memorial Day.