Happy Memorial Day

memorial day

I am naive to think I understand the meaning of the word sacrifice. It means “a giving up of something for something else”. I have often sacrificed my time, my money, and many a desire, but I have never risked my life for your rights or my own. I have never seen death on the battlefield nor the loss of a loved one serving our country, yet I reap the benefits on a daily basis. Freedom is my norm and I take it for granted. I speak my mind with no concern for punishment. I do not fear living my life. No words can express the depth of our gratitude towards those who have risked their life or lost loved ones to protect our own,  but I think it is important we try

Here are 10 simple ways children and adults can show respect to those who have sacrificed to protect our freedom:

  1. Use your phone – If you know a veteran or family of a veteran, call them and say thank you. Let them know you appreciate what they have done for you as an individual and for our country.
  2. Tweet! If you use the #wearegrateful hashtag, it is printed out and distributed on postcards to troops worldwide.
  3. If you know somebody who is actively serving, write them a letter or send an email. Younger children can draw a picture of a flag.
  4. Fly a flag. Enjoy showing the United States of America some respect and pride.
  5. Attend a parade to pay tribute to the veterans in the area. They are our heroes and should be treated as such.
  6. Make patriotic cookies for a veteran. Many retirement facilities have large numbers of veterans living there.
  7. Pray for the families who have lost a child, spouse, or parents protecting our rights. The grieving doesn’t stop.
  8. If you own a business, give a discount to veterans.
  9. If you live near a family of one who is serving, take your kids over and offer to do yard work, repaint a fence, or plant some flowers.
  10. Do something. We so often, don’t know what to do or say, the opportunity passes. Even fumbled words and messed up gifts show gratitude

Between Mammoth Mountains Last Call for 2014,  Riding the dirt back on your Mountain Bike, and going to Mule Days, Make sure you make some time to thank a veteran. Happy Memorial Day.