Contrary to what many believe, Memorial Day isn’t just a random day off from work that allows you to BBQ and go boating with friends. It’s a holiday meant to appreciate and remember those who gave their lives in order to protect us and give us our freedom. As the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran and the granddaughter of a World War II Veteran, I’ve always understood the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
In the last three years, however, Memorial Day has had more meaning to me than ever. My grandfather passed away three years ago, just five months after my grandmother passed away. He had non-Hodgkins lymphoma which quickly spread to his bones after she died. My dad passed away this week, only four weeks after being diagnosed with end stage cirrhosis of the liver, liver cancer and hepatic encephalopathy. He dedicated years of his life towards helping other veterans and enjoyed working with an organization called Building Homes for Heroes (please see my previous post if you’d like to make a donation to this organization in his name). He was chairman for the TWU Veterans Committee, and they were gracious enough to put together a video for Memorial Day that includes a tribute to him.
Please check out the video and feel free to share it. Enjoy your BBQ’s this weekend, but also take the time to do what this holiday is meant for us to do…remember those veterans who have lost their lives and given us our freedom.