While most people are relieved to have Monday off, have plans of backyard barbeques, and fishing, and can't wait to spend time with their loved ones this Memorial Day.. There are some people that won't have this opportunity.
Not because they are working or busy but because their loved ones are no longer here. Because their loved one answered a call from our country, donned a uniform, shined their boots, put their hand up to salute and nodded "yes sir" when sent into a war zone. These are the people that are so often forgotten while we are stuffing are faces with beers and hot dogs and celebrating the long weekend.
Memorial Day is not about barbeques and booze it's about remembering those who have fallen. It's a somber day to remember those who "gave all" so that we can have the in-laws over to grill up some steaks.
But sadly this is forgotten.
There are some people who will never forget, they can't forget; The mother who is without her son, the daughter without her mother or father, the widow who's love never returned home.
Those people won't be passing the potato salad and corn-on-the-cob come Monday. They will likely be visiting the Veteran's Cemetery, laying a wreath, planting some flowers, leaving a flag, honoring the one they have lost. They will look at and photo of their loved one and cry but at the same time, hold their head up high knowing that his or her death was not in vain.
Pride will fill their hearts as they honor the service of the men and women in uniform. As they remember the bravery and valor of their loved one and remember the spirit of those they have lost.
For these people everyday is Memorial Day. Everyday they live with the memory of the ones they lost, the ones that paid the ultimate price for freedom. Memorial Day offers a chance to remember, to respect, to try to heal wounds that will never be erased, wounds that many wear as a badge of honor and as a symbol of their love for the one they lost.
So, this weekend between the burgers and beer and the corny jokes from your brother in-law take a moment to remember and honor the service of those that we have lost in battles long past and battle today.
Attend a service, lay a wreath or simply say thank you to the veteran you pass in the grocery store. It is because of these people you can enjoy a relaxing Memorial Day with your family and friends.
And enjoy the company of your loved on this weekend because it is a luxury not everyone has.
Dee DeQuattro is the assignment desk manager and digital news coordinator for ABC6. She studied politics and communications and holds a master's degree from Providence College. Follow her on twitter @deedequattro and log on to ABC6 .com for her latest in depth coverage of politics and news.