There is a debt that we never can repay to all those that sacrificed their lives—from the beaches of Normandy, the rice paddies of Vietnam, the fields of Afghanistan—to ensure we can live as free Americans.
The events over the last 15 months—contending with a pandemic, a push for significant social justice reforms and an insurrection attempt—has put into the spotlight on how precious that freedom is.
We are grateful that so many things we took for granted, such as the hugging of a grandparent, the backyard cocktail with friends, and attending games to watch our children play with family, are beginning to return to a previous normal.
It’s our return to that routine that makes this Memorial Day even that more important. We only have these because of the heroism of those that serve in the military.
We are especially thankful for the men and women as well as their families who have served in Afghanistan for the last 20 years. As we look to exit, our thoughts this weekend go to those whose lives have been lost in our fight against the terrorists who attacked us on Sept. 11, 2001.
And we thank all that have served or have served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard.
So on this Memorial Day Weekend, make sure to take a moment to raise a glass or say a prayer for those who were killed in action and the ones still protecting our country.