We have officially arrived at the start of a long holiday weekend.
Across the country, many Americans will grill hot dogs and hamburgers or take a first dip in the pool. They’ll celebrate Memorial Day weekend as the “unofficial start of summer.”
We don’t begrudge anyone a good time. In fact, we may fire up the grill this weekend ourselves. But it’s important to remember that Memorial Day is about so much more than backyard BBQs.
At Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, more than 250,000 flags have been planted next to more than 250,000 headstones in preparation for a solemn remembrance. Thousands of people will soon arrive to pay their respects.
Memorial Day is truly observed at Arlington and at cemeteries from coast to coast. It’s observed at small town Main Street parades and at elaborate ceremonies in our largest cities. It’s an opportunity to reflect and remember the military men and women who gave their lives in service of our nation.
At Fire Dept. Coffee, a company led by firefighters and veterans, we want to take this opportunity to express our deepest gratitude for the sacrifice of these heroes and the families they left behind.
In fact, we want to recognize all those who have served, in times of war and times of peace. We want to especially thank all those who are serving in the military today.
We know that freedom is a gift that is earned again each day. Our nation is fortunate that so many Americans continue to volunteer for military service, offering to protect that gift for all of us.
To all of our military heroes, we say, “Thank you!”
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