With the holiday weekend coming up, this is another one of those times that, as we enjoy the extra time off, the cookouts, the time at the lake, and all the rest, we keep in mind what Memorial Day is all about. As you probably know, this day was originally known as Decoration Day, but the purpose of the day has always been to remember those who have died in service to our country. Those who have gone where our leaders have sent them to make sure people like us can continue to go about our daily lives without living in fear from forces that would do us harm.

I didn't take advantage of the opportunity to serve. I turned 19 as we were getting out of Vietnam, and my lottery draft number was 286, so I figured I was safe. In spite of that, I have always had a deep appreciation for those who have served and who continue to serve. In fact, whenever I cross paths with someone who I know has served, whether I know them or not, I make it a point to thank them for their service.

There will be a number of Memorial Day observances between now and Monday. I would suggest that you make it a point to carve out some time amidst the fun of the holiday weekend to take in one of these services.

Remember those who fought and died so we wouldn't have to.