Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Memorial Day

As an Army family, I find that Memorial Day takes on particularly special meaning each year. As our nation slowly winds down from years of war, we are reminded every day of the ultimate sacrifice paid, by some of our own friends, for our freedom. Memorial Day is less of a "happy" holiday and more of a day to reflect, be thankful and honor those who paid the ultimate price so selflessly in serving this incredible country.

This year Derek, Conner and myself along with a group of friends, pledged our miles and participated in a local Wear Blue: Run To Remember event. This incredible group has chapters and meet ups growing all over the country and meets each week to run, walk and bike in honor and memory of our nation's heroes. If you're not familiar with the Wear Blue organization, check them out here. On their site you can locate nearby chapters and meet ups or even find out how to start one of your own. At our local event, we learned of over 1500 participants pledging to help complete over 6,000 miles - one for each servicemember lost as a result of the wars on terror.  As we carried American flags and walked the three mile course immersed in a sea of blue shirts, it was a reminder of how true the organization's motto rings true: For the fallen, for the fighting, for the families. Surrounded by people of all walks of life, each with a different connection to the Military, it was clear that we were all there with a sense of pride...and with hearts deeply set on remembering some very special heroes. What an honor to do our miles for them and their amazing families, who I so truly admire. 

I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend full of time with family and friends. And I hope you all took a minute to thank and be grateful to those who made that freedom possible.

"We owe this freedom of choice and action to those men and women in uniform who have served this nation and its interests in time of need. In particular, we are forever indebted to those who have given their lives that we might be free." - Ronald Reagan

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