Today is Memorial Day here in the United States of America.
But let's pause to point out a couple of fallacies that have developed over the years.
First, this weekend is NOT the start of Summer! Granted, we are now well within the better (warmer) part of Spring, but the Summer season itself does not begin until June 20 this year.
Second, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, WHY we have this day, for it is a lot more than just a three day weekend away from work and/or school.
Today is set aside to remember those who have served within America's various military branches, especially those who gave their lives defending this country to protect the freedoms and civil liberties that you have.
One should always hope for a peaceful resolution to any conflict.
Yet we must also be realistic that that option is not always available to us.
When there is absolutely no other alternative, we should be glad that there are those willing to fight and, if necessary, lay down their lives so that others might continue to live and be free.
Other countries around the world have similar practices and policies. This weekend is just America's turn.
So please don't forget the Veterans of years past and the service personnel of the present who made today possible as you enjoy your cookout, ballgame, or whatever.
The above was an editorial.