Memorial Day is celebrated by different people in different ways and its meaning holds just as many differences. To some it’s a day off from work. To some it’s a chance for sales. To many of us it’s a day of honor and rememberance; remembering those who died while defending our Nation and its values.

As Memorial Day approaches us, the L family will remember those who have helped to attain our country’s honor and those who lost their lives defending it. As a spouse, I humbly thank all those who have served with our family over the years and those who continue to serve our Nation. As I’ve said before, our family extends past the four walls of our home and blood relatives. Our family includes our brothers and sisters in uniform as well as their families.

I ask that everyone take just a moment to step back from the potato salad and flag football games and before you head out in search of the best deals to remember what Memorial Day is about. Without the sacrifice of so many, our lives would not be what they are today.