Happy Memorial Day. Let’s all be heroes.

I’m afraid Memorial Day is not what it used to be. It used to be a holiday for “remembering”. Not necessarily a remembering of anyone we personally knew. But a remembering of those who sacrificed their lives so we could have our freedom.

Right now we need to remember all those men and women who have fought and those who gave their lives so we could have choices.

Choices about how we want to live our lives. Choices about our future. Choices about our faith.

Right now with the pandemic still looming, it’s easy to forget those brave men and women because we are all caught up in our own worry and fear.

It’s often been said that if we don’t learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it. When we remember the soldiers, the medics, the nurses that spent years away from families to protect us, we feel a sense of pride. We don’t know their names or anything about them. They are faceless. But we are proud of them. We are proud to be Americans who look out for each other.

And there are still men and women protecting us around the world.

So while we are all experiencing some much needed freedom after our quarantine, let’s not forget all those who’ve protected us in the past and those who are protecting us now.

Tell them thank-you. Honor their uniform and their sacrifice. The politics don’t matter.

And remember, Americans look out for each other. To me that means we do the things that keep each other safe. Wear those masks if not for your own protection, then for others. Appreciate that while you might not feel the need, others do. For their sense of well-being, wear the masks as an act of respect for their fears.

We can all be present-day heroes by being sensitive to the fears of others.

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