It's memorial day weekend. Time for barbeques, big sales, and the Indy 500. This is the start of summer and the kids are out of school. In all the partying and traveling, it's difficult to remember what memorial day is all about.
Wikipedia has a good overview of the origins and history. Decoration day, as it was originally called, was set aside to honor the fallen of the civil war. As the holiday evolved, it also became a time to honor all those living and dead who have served, fought, and sacrificed for this country. They fought so that we can live well and free.
A year ago I did my first Memorial Day reflection. It is as relevant today as it was then. Sacrifices are still being made for bad ideas.