Do you ever wonder, like I do, what furniture and mattress sales have to do with Memorial Day? Sometimes my heart hurts for the complete disregard this generation seems to have for those who have given the ultimate price for the freedoms we enjoy.  Memorial Day becomes just another day off to enjoy at the beach or a barbecue—or another excuse to make a buck. I think about the sacrifices that were made and are still being made for this nation, and wonder if our founding fathers are turning over in their graves at what this country has become.  To quote Ronald Reagan, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

Today take a moment to remember those who have gone before us in order that we may still appreciate the benefits of living in the greatest nation in the world.  Thank our active duty military and our veterans for their service.