As you head off into this Memorial Day weekend, I wanted to remind you of what Memorial Day is really about.

Nationally, Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It is observed every year on the last Monday of May, and it typically marks the start of the summer vacation season.

However, we must always remember that Memorial Day is much more than simply the start of summer vacations, IT IS ABOUT GREAT SACRIFICE. While many of us will find ourselves out by the pool, lake, or the grill this weekend, many others will be visiting cemeteries and memorials honoring those from their families who died serving our country.

If you happen to journey to one of the National Cemeteries, you will see that volunteers have placed American flags next to each grave. Each grave represents someone’s grandparent, parent, sibling, or child.

WE are so proud of the men and women who serve our country, both in the past and present, and we must never forget the price and the extreme sacrifice they make for us.

Have a blessed Memorial Day,
John Mark Caton, Ph.D