As far as I know, none of my relatives have sacrificed their lives while serving our country. But it’s possible. I come from a long line of soldiers. In fact, I found a man with my father’s (and grandfather’s) exact name in the Revolutionary War rolls of 1780. (I have not yet connected the dots, but chances are, we’re related.)
Memorial Day itself was created to commemorate the men and women who have died while serving our country. I don’t know how many have died, but every single person we’ve lost is one too many. But most of them did it willingly. They gave up their lives to protect our rights – our freedom of speech, our freedom of religion, our country and our homes.
Let us make sure their ultimate sacrifice was not in vain.
(Photo of flag from Wikimedia Commons.)