This is a day for Americans to attend one of the thousands of parades held in large and small cities alike all over the country. We watch as marching bands march by, the overall military theme, the National Guard and other servicemen participating along with veterans and military vehicles from various wars, helping us remember the cost of our freedom.Flags are flown at half-staff to honor the more than one million men and women who gave their lives serving this great country. It's mind boggling when you think about it. Their courage and sacrafice for others. For us. Strangers they've never met.
So as we enjoy our day and the traditions listed below, let us remember why we are able to do so.
Indianapolis 500 - an auto race held on the Sunday preceding Memorial Day since 1911.
Coca-Cola 600 - stock car race held later the same day since 1961.
Memorial Tournament - golf event on or close to the Memorial Day weekend since 1976.
End of School Year and Beginning of Summer - usually resulting in lots of barbecue, deserts and family fun for us.
A Very Happy Memorial Day to you and yours. Don't forget to pray for our brave men and women, past and present, and thank them for giving us this opportunity to live free and proud.