Today is a holiday for many.  A time off to spend with family and friends.  There will be lots of cookouts, picnics, pool parties, and boating.  A much-needed holiday after school is out.  Teachers and kids are ready for the summer.

This holiday of remembrance was made possible by our brave, fallen soldiers.  Our sons, daughters, fathers, uncles, aunts, grandparents, and cousins that did not return home from their devoted service to our country. They died doing what they wanted to do.  Not since the Vietnam conflict, has there been a draft.  Our present-day military is a volunteer position.   They love our country so much, they are willing to die for it.

My husband and I went to our local Field of Flags this morning to pay our respect.  It was startling how many of our locals lost their lives in wars and conflicts.  Looking at the photos of young men that died way too young, made me respect our military even more.

I am not a very political person, but when it comes to our military, I stand firm in supporting them and their families.  It seems to me that the freedoms that we enjoy, whether you agree with them or not, were made possible by the brave, unselfish soldiers that fought and died for these freedoms.  Our freedom of free speech, our constitutional rights, and our freedom of religion.  We have these liberties to enjoy, thanks to soldiers.

I, for one, will always stand for our flag and proudly sing the star spangle banner with my hand over my heart.  I am proud of all branches of our military.  I will never forget the ones who died for me.

I will enjoy my day off today as I give a nod to the heavens and the angels who are still on duty.

Until next time, be kind to each other,