* military men and women
* families of military men and women
Also, according to Wikipedia:
"The first known observance of Memorial Day was in Charleston, South Carolina
in 1865; freedmen (freed enslaved Africans) celebrated at the Washington Race Course, today the location of Hampton Park
, and each year thereafter. African Americans founded Decoration Day, now referred to as Memorial Day, at the graveyard of 257 Union soldiers and labeled the gravesite "Martyrs of the Race Course" on May 1, 1865. Black Charlestonians created this American tradition."
Now, how many knew that Charlestonians were responsible for Memorial Day?
So, freedom that we have today and that our children will have tomorrow comes at a very high price -- death.
Our freedom to do and speak as we wish comes because our military men and women have given their ultimate sacrifice -
Even when I try to imagine what it would be like to face the dangers of war, I simply cannot. So, my heart goes out to them -- each and every one of them who have given their life and to each and every one of them who are still fighting for you and me.
Today I remember not only the military men and women who have died, but their families and I am thankful to the families of our military men and women.
So, I think that Americans have picnics, fireworks, trips to the beach, family get-togethers, etc as a way to celebrate our freedom.
I just want to say "Thank you for having the courage" to each military man and woman and to the families of these men and women.
When I see a person in uniform, I like to say to them "Thank you, I appreciate you". Our future depends on these fine brave folks.
When I hear our Nathan Anthem, it always gives me chills and brings tears to my eyes. I am proud to be an American.