Memorial Day – has become known as the “beginning of summer.” It’s not the official date of the start of summer, but is recognized as the beginning. Most schools are out for the summer. community pools are open, water parks and fun/theme parks are fully operational. Traditionally, for some families, this is the first BBQ of the season and friends and family gather to enjoy delicious grilled ribs, burgers and other family favorites. There is nothing wrong with any of these activities. In fact, my daughter and her son are headed for the pool, my son and his fiance will be over later, and this afternoon we’ll fire up the grill for the first time this season.
There is a much deeper and more important significance to this day. It is the day to honor the memory of the valiant men and women who have given their lives fighting for our freedom. And it’s a day to say “thank you” to those who fought in the various wars and who came back home to their family.
Today, my family honors the memory of those who gave their life for our freedom. We thank those of you who fought and who came home. And we are especially and eternally grateful that our son, Sgt. Anthony Kyle Bond, US Marine Corp, served his country for nine years, including two tours in Iraq, and came safely home. To God Be The Glory!