My middle son, Riley, is in the band at his school and today they marched in the Memorial Day Parade in our little town. It was a pretty simple parade with a couple fire engines (one really cool old one), a few police cars, the band, some veterans, a church float, Boy Scouts and some of the Little League teams. Nothing super fancy, yet a nice tribute. They marched from the fire hall, through town and just outside of town to the cemetery. At the cemetery, there were flags up and speakers and several servicemen (elderly men from the local VFW) and there was prayer and a speech and the band played patriotic songs and there was a 21 gun salute and Taps was played. It was a really nice service, and as we all stood out there in the light rain listening to them read off the names of service men and women who were from our tiny little town that had died in each of the wars, something really stuck out to me that the veteran who was speaking said. He said “Memorial Day is not a day for thanking, it’s a day for remembering.” I was thinking about how many things I have seen on facebook thanking our current military, and while that’s nice, that’s not what today is about. Today is about remembering the ultimate sacrifice that so many people have made so that we can live the free life that we do. It’s a day for praying for their families who suffered such a great loss, a loss I pray I never have to experience. It’s a day for thanking God for them. So, I urge you today to say a prayer of thanks for those who died so that we might live a free life. I urge you to pray for their families. I urge you to remember them on this Memorial Day and all of the ones to come.