Laura Haley-McNeil

5/24/20, Memorial Day

Memorial Day

It took the loss of someone close to me to realize the true significance of Memorial Day, which is a day to honor those who died, gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. We have freedom because of those who served to protect us.

Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

For many, it’s a three day weekend, and retailers use this opportunity to offer sales and increase their bottom line, but it’s also a time for us to reflect on those who won’t be there with us at the barbeque to enjoy the freedom they fought for.

Other Countries

I feel blessed to live in this country. Many people from around the world want to live here. In my travels, I have seen many countries which don’t offer the freedom to their citizens that we have here.

Does Freedom Have a Scent?

One of those freedoms is writing. I can write what I want and know that I have the freedom to do so. We have only to look around and see what opportunities living in this country affords. My dear Muslim friend from Montenegro said that when she first entered America, she could smell the freedom. Have you ever thought of freedom as a scent? I never had, but that explanation really struck me.

I hope this is a calm, peaceful and blessed day for you, and if you, like me, are thinking of those you lost, I hope it’s a day that will bless you with wonderful memories.

May God’s peace and joy be with you and your loved ones this holiday weekend.