Memorial Day is a bittersweet holiday.
It's gratifying to haul out the American flag and hang it from the front porch post.
Usually there are parades with marching soldier units and patriotic music. People enjoy picnics everywhere. There are even Memorial Masses in cemeteries to honor the men and women who died while defending this country.
(The ultimate sacrifice, found at the top of a hill in a cemetery in Western Mass.)
We live in a land of unparalleled freedom. Sometimes we take it totally for granted, living our lives the way we please, never giving a thought to the price paid for such freedom.
Today, even if for just a brief moment, I hope we can think of those whose lives were sacrificed so we can live in sweet freedom.
This holiday, above all others, we honor our soldiers.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS THIS HOLIDAY?