Memorial Day!

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Posted on 31st May 2010 by Ben Krasner in Holidays

Memorial Day weekend is upon us – and let’s get right to it. A heartfelt THANK YOU to all those men and women who have given their lives so that America can reign as THE country that offers hope to all of its citizens and to all those who wish to come here in seek of freedom and opportunity. Thank you for sacrificing so much when faced with tasks most would run away from if given the opportunity to do so. And an additional THANK YOU to all those men and women currently serving in our armed forces. Thank you for keeping our interests safe and our country strong both locally and abroad.

On a day where we sit back and relax with a barbeque, a race at a track or on TV, an adult beverage (or many adult beverages) or any other activity that we choose while enjoying a long weekend to unofficially kick off summer, we cannot forget all those souls that paid the ultimate price to pave the way for what we – and many other countries – have today. As a Jewish individual, I have a special emotional attachment to holidays like Memorial Day. Thousands upon thousands laid down their lives while taking on the Natzis who were systematically executing 6 million people who simply read the same scriptures – scriptures like the Ten Commandments and the book of Exodus – as I do. Almost never a day goes by where I don’t hear the star spangled banner and become emotional, and never more so than on a holiday like Memorial Day.

So whether you’re watching the Indy 500, the Coca-Cola 600, golf, baseball, a movie, your kids playing outside, or burgers cookin’ on your grill, please take a sober moment to say THANK YOU to someone … or just aim your sentiment to the sky… so that those that sacrificed their time, effort or lives for this country know that what they did was valued and has made life better for countless people that came after them. Toast to their life and what they gave, and for what we have the ability to plan for, tomorrow.

La-Cha’im! And THANK YOU!

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