Aiden Schmidt, 6, of Leechburg, sits next to his fathers’s grave on Memorial Day. Aiden’s father Army Staff Sgt. Jonathan P. Schmidt, died Sept. 1, 2012, in Batur Village, Afghanistan, while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Please, do not say “Happy Memorial Day.” Memorial Day isn’t a day to be “happy.” It is not “celebrated,” it is observed.
It is a day to be reflective, to remember the men and women that have sacrificed and gave all defending the freedom and liberty that we all enjoy today.
Visit a National Cemetery or maybe the grave of someone you knew who gave their life to protect our freedom.
At least pause, sometime during the long weekend, to remember, say a prayer for, and honor those men and women who served.
Please, just remember to thank a vet you may meet, for his or her service, and God bless those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
And to anyone that greets you with “Happy Memorial Day,” politely remind them to do the same.
Much is written on this holiday by people far more eloquent than me. I tried for a half hour to put my reverence and awe of such men and women into words and cannot cobble together a tribute worthy of such warriors. The following will suffice for now as a THANK YOU for those who selflessly heeded the call to grant us the freedom and prosperity that is the envy of the world.
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