Memorial Day Weekend is here which for most of us means an extended weekend and possibly parties. Also for some of us it means the unofficial kick off to Summer.
Now while those are true statements, let's not forget the real reason for the "holiday". Maybe take a minute or more this weekend to reflect on those who have served in our military and fought for our freedom. Even more than that, think about those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we can continue to enjoy our freedom of speech or our freedom to really anything (as long as it's legal).
Though I've never served in the military I do come from a military family. Both of my Grandfathers served our Country, one in the Navy and the other in the Army. My father served in the Navy and my Step-Father served in the Air Force. One of my best friends is currently serving in the Army. I have friends that have fought over seas in while proudly wearing the Stars and Stripes. Thank you Kris, Jeff, Mike, Jeff and anyone else that I can't think of right now, my apologies.
In a time where we seem to be lost in which direction we should be going in as a Nation we need to remember that we are all on the same team! We are all Americans. You are allowed to have whatever beliefs you choose and there is nothing that anyone can say or do that should take that away. If you choose to peacefully protest any injustice that you feel needs to be protested against then you have the right to do so. If you feel that the people who are protesting are wrong for doing so, then that is your right to have that opinion. Here's where we get into trouble, some people have forgotten that it is important to listen to the other side. What ever your opinion is, you should always take into consideration the reasoning behind the other persons opinion. Neither of you are wrong and neither of you are right, at least not 100%.
Many have fought and died for the rights that we have and for you to take away anyone's right to do anything is a slap in the face to those who have done so. Just think about that for a minute or maybe more. Not just this weekend but every day. NOBODY has the right to tell ANYONE that they MUST do this or they MUST do that. Stop worrying so much about what other people are doing and stay focused on living your best life.
Finally, I would like to thank every single man and woman that have risked their lives to keep me and my family safe. THANK YOU to those that died fighting for this wonderful Nation. You know, as I read that I really don't thank you is enough but it's really all I can say to our Veterans.