This weekend is Memorial Day weekend.  Yes, it really is traditionally the unofficial start of the Summer camping, cookouts, and family/friends fun season.

Jorge Villalba

What many of us tend to forget is that it is a day to remember our military.  And not just military... it is a day to honor American military who have died while serving.  It's not just to honor ALL military, as many people think that it is.

"While most Americans recognize that Memorial Day is a military holiday, it is important to understand that it is a solemn day of remembrance. For me, as a combat veteran, and for military members and their families, this day holds great significance. Not everyone I served with was fortunate enough to return home," said Brian Ishmael, senior director, University of Phoenix Office of Military and Veteran Affairs and former U.S. Army sergeant. "We should enjoy Memorial Day, but we must also ensure that future generations understand and remember the sacrifices made protecting our freedoms."

So, as you are celebrating this weekend, and taking some probably much needed family time away from work and school... remember the meaning of the holiday.

Have a great weekend.

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