Memorial Day, for me, is one of those holidays layered with implications:
- It’s the de facto start of the summer season.
- As such, it also marks the opening of the pool (except for this year, because the weather is uncooperative — too chilly to open to the public).
- Stores have all kinds of sales and incentives to lure you to stop by.
- Parades and festivals line the Main Streets in our neighboring towns.
- Pretty much everyone I know will either host a barbecue this weekend or attend one.
- Because of all the weekend’s get-togethers, the sound of lawn mowers have been roaring through our neighborhood, attempting to get the yards ready for bocce, bags, and other games.
- It also signals the end of the school year is near and the start of summer hours at my husband’s work is upon us. A new schedule in our house is about to begin.
In this whirlwind of summer fun and bustle, it’s easy to lose the main reason for Memorial Day: to remember those men and women who gave their life in service of this country.
By extension, we also remember all the veterans and those currently serving in our armed forces. Thank you to you all. We do remember.
Happy Memorial Day.