As most of us headed out of the door after work today for a long weekend, what was on your mind?   Was it, oh thank God a three day weekend?

Maybe it was I can't wait to get on the road and go camping.

At any point did you take a minute to think about what Monday represents and what it really means?

Monday, May 30th is Memorial Day, a day here in the United States when we remember those who gave their lives while serving our country in the armed forces.

For so many years, I like many others thought that Memorial Day was a day to say thanks and pay tribute to those who have served or are serving.

Not that it's wrong to say thank you to those serving or our veterans, but Memorial Day is truly a day to remember those that lost their lives while serving our country.

Memorial Day is observed every year on the last Monday of May.

It was originally created as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.

On Memorial Day many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service.

Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

I am very lucky in the fact that all of my family members who have served, have come home unharmed.

For those that gave their lives for my freedom, I thank you and for those of you who lost love ones keeping our country safe I salute you.

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