Editorial — Remembrance should be on our minds this weekend

Memorial Day has a certain mystique around this community, and it should. Summer is when we shine, and it is the time of the year we should be enjoying all around us and welcoming others to share in our “wealth.”

But there is a much-larger meaning of the day, and we ask all of you to take a few moments and remember.

Remember that more than 1.1 million Americans have been killed in wars, according to figures from the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs. That’s 1.1 million people, many of whom were far too young to have expired, who have gave their lives in defense of the ideals and freedoms of this nation.

Think about someone you might have known who took in their last breath in Normandy, or the Chosin Reservoir, or Khe Sanh, or Kuwait, or Fallujah or any other piece of foreign soil. Think about the pain you might have felt in their passing, or the pride you took in knowing that this individual paid the ultimate price for something he or she believed in enough to venture “outside the wire” with utter disregard of personal danger.

Maybe that 1.1 million figure even seems more remarkable now after you’ve related to it on a personal level.

Feel no guilt in riding inner tubes in the bay or splashing in the ocean this weekend, as that is exactly what the majority of those 1.1 million fallen heroes would have wanted you to do. They fought for a belief in the almighty “American way of life,” and Americans being Americans is a major part of that.

But take a minute to bow your head, to take in your surroundings and say thanks. Honor them by living your life, and remembering theirs.