I’ve never been to Washington, D.C. It’s always been on my “bucket list” of things to do before I depart this world. I’m happy to say, if all goes according to plan, this time next year I will be in our nation’s capital on Memorial Weekend. And what better place--so rich in history and so devoted to honoring those who’ve served in the military. I’m looking forward to touring the many monuments, visiting the national cemeteries, observing the wreath-laying ceremony and concert at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, watching the annual parade, and participating in the other events honoring our armed forces.
Since I can’t be in D.C. this year, I will observe Memorial Day in my own town, as many of you do. Remember to fly the flag, attend the parade, participate in the memorial services if possible. You can also pay tribute to the members of our armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice by honoring those who are still with us. Thank those you see in uniform at the airport, the mall, in a restaurant. Offer to buy them a cup of coffee or pay for their dessert. Instill a sense of patriotic pride in your children and grandchildren; sing patriotic songs together. Read or watch the news and remain informed about our current military involvement. Affix an “I Support The Troops” bumper sticker to your car, wear a flag pin on your clothing. Volunteer at a veterans’ hospital or retirement home. Donate to charitable organizations that support military personnel and their families. Contact your local American Legion or VFW for more ways you can show your appreciation for their service to our great country.