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For those of you who are not familiar with this holiday, today is Memorial Day in the United States, where a majority of our readership is from. In the US, it is a three day weekend for most of us and the start of grilling season. Memorial Day is also a time to remember the men and women who have defended our country. To honor those who have fought and returned and those who, sadly, have not.
A lot of us take our freedoms for granted, and while we may not all agree on the reasons why our armed forces are sent places, I feel that we should all honor and respect those who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect us and our country. It is not easy to leave families and friends behind and trade our lives in for whatever lies ahead during a period of deployment to unfamiliar places and I respect that immensely.
Last year a close neighbor was faced with the possibility her husband would be called to reenter active service leaving her as a single mother with three young children. That's the first time, the reality of being a military family really hit me as her friends and family scrambled to find ways to support her and prepare her girls for their father's imminent departure. Luckily for her, her husband did not end up being reactivated but I know that for many other families that is not the case.
I hope that this Memorial Day we all take a moment to honor and thank our armed forces, especially those who will never rejoin their families for a barbecue or enjoy the simple pleasures of a summer's day. This year I will also take time to thank the families of our military men and women, who surely also make a very big sacrifice for our country.
Katie from Katie's Nesting Spot
PS: We hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day and will join us for the kick off event of the Summer Prize Picnic tomorrow. We've got a wonderful company to share with you!