Celebrating Memorial Day
Once a year we celebrate Memorial Day. To some it represents a three day weekend, to others it means sales at the store and to others it represents the unofficial start of summer. To the vast majority of Americans it is a time to reflect on who we are as Americans. Our way of life, the freedoms we enjoy, the opportunities each of us has wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for those brave men and women who put themselves in harm’s way to protect us and our way of life. Freedom isn’t free and our cemeteries are full of the graves of those who gave their lives to protect us. Many of us took the time this weekend to place flowers or flags on the headstones of our fallen heroes. In Lynchburg, there was a service on Sunday in the Confederate section of the cemetery and afterwards flowers were placed on the graves of the soldiers.
Please don’t wait until Veterans Day or next Memorial Day to thank a veteran as many of them need our help now. If you are an employer consider hiring a vet. If you know of a family that has someone serving overseas and you can help with their yard work, house cleaning or even babysitting. When you see a veteran thank them for their service. These little acts of kindness will go a long way and will be appreciated. Finally, if you are in downtown Lynchburg on Fridays from noon to 1:00 pm at the foot of Monument Terrace honk to show support of our troops or better yet, get out and talk to the veterans that gather each Friday.
We all have a lot to be thankful for so let’s not forget to thank them more than once or twice a year.
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