By Emily Chance
It has recently come to my attention that those who don’t have very many relatives in the military don’t think about veterans very often. The only time we really think about the people who died for our freedom is on Veterans Day.
I remember one time as a little kid; I was probably three or four. I was over at my uncle’s house for Memorial Day. We were swimming and eating hamburgers and hotdogs, and I remember wondering why we had a holiday dedicated to eating food and swimming. It wasn’t until a few years after that, that I realized it was called “Memorial Day” for a reason. We were supposed to be honoring and remembering the fallen soldiers who died for our freedom. We turned a holiday about respecting our fallen soldiers into a day of swimming and eating to celebrate summer.
I recently decided I was going to think about our fallen and living heroes more often. Those who died so we could eat food and swim in water instead of being under a stern ruler. Instead of only remembering once a year, or one family member’s birthday, we should remember to thank them every day for what they did for us. To honor them more than once a year for their sacrifice. I want to become someone who remembers.
Edited by London Koffler