An extended weekend. The unofficial kickoff to summer. The time when public swimming pools open. It’s all part of the Memorial Day tradition.
However, there is a much more serious side to this observance, which, according to www.usmemorialday.org, is “a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.”
Each death of a serviceman or servicewoman is a reflection of the ultimate price paid by those brave enough to dedicate their lives to helping others. Because that is what those in the military do: They put their lives on the line to assist others, whether it’s patrolling a border, working for the National Guard during a natural disaster or picking up a gun and going to war.
Kane County residents have many opportunities to attend local Memorial Day events. Most of these ceremonies take about an hour, making it a rather small commitment of one’s time to pay tribute to those who have made the greatest sacrifice they can in order to protect our freedom.
If visiting a ceremony just isn’t something you can do, you still can pause for a moment. Because while this weekend is sold as a great time to get a deal on anything from a new car to a mattress, Memorial Day is a day to reflect on those who gave all they had.
Maybe you know people who have died while serving this country. Maybe you don’t. But we owe it to all of them, on Memorial Day, to pay tribute to what they have done to make our world a better place.