Memorial Day is a day of remembrance which commemorates U.S. men and women who died serving their country. In the hustle and bustle of every day life, it's so easy to overlook the true meaning and purpose of Memorial Day, and instead celebrate the mere fact of a day off from work.
Today, I give thanks to all those soldiers who gave their lives in wars past protecting this beautiful country, and all those soldiers who today stand ready to give their life doing the same. I thank them for their many sacrifices; for being far from home and family in faraway lands, for risking life and limb for our freedom, and for giving up their peaceful slumber so that we can be safe.
In particular, this Memorial Day I give thanks to my incredible nephew, Anthony, who served in Iraq for 15 months (thankfully, he's home safe and sound) and makes us proud each and every day.
Thank you to my Anthony, and the countless men and women -- the true heroes -- who give so much without fame or glory.