POSTED: Monday, May 27, 2013 - 3:58pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 6:03pm
Tyler, TX (KETK) — Yes, I must admit, I've been one of those people on Facebook and social media reminding folks this day is not about bar-be-que or whatever it is you did.
It's good to spend time with the family and relax a little , but this day is not about you.
It's about them.
The people who died to give us our freedom.
In my never ending quest I am always trying to differentiate the difference between Veteran's Day and Memorial Day.
The only way I have made myself clear in this newsroom is to say Memorial Day is about dead people.
This always gets me some frowns, but it is.
I guess we have become so selfish we don't want to know why we really observe this day.
I am glad to see after years, our nation is starting to recognize our nation's vets.
I do like to hear, "Thank you for your service," to soldiers who have served.
Maybe our country is just trying to make it up to service members after the way some treated Vietnam vets when they came home.
But, today is about the dead.
But, the other 364 days a year, let's thank those who serve.
When I was at church yesterday, a few members were coming up to us congregants with plastic bowls filled with Army men.
My first inclination was to say, "No, thank you, those things stick in my pants."
I was told that was the idea.
After I was educated, I gladly took this little Army man right here.
And I will carry it in my pants pocket.
The idea, this next year every time, I reach down for change or my keys, my hand will come in contact with this little plastic soldier.
It will remind me of our sons and daughters in the service and those who are in harm's way.
When I am reminded by that little soldier, I'll think of service members.
And when I can. i'll offer up a quick prayer for their safety.
What a great idea.
That's my point of view, what's yours?
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