IT’S NOT ABOUT ME-IT’S ABOUT MY FALLEN BROTHERS AND SISTERS
by: Bud Fultz, Director of Operations-Zero Point
Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
I feel the need to mention the specifics surrounding Memorial Day because every year, with the truest of intentions, some of my friends and colleagues reach out to thank me for my service. While I hate to come off sounding harsh or unappreciative I believe it is important that they understand that Memorial Day is not about me or the many brave active duty, retired or formerly serving veterans among us but for those brothers and sisters that have given the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our many freedoms. For me to say “thank you” in response to someone thanking me for my service on Memorial Day would be nothing less than stolen valor.
So, on this Memorial Day, on behalf of my fallen brothers and sisters I make this simple request. Go out and enjoy yourself to the fullest. Surround yourself with family and friends and revel in the abundance and freedoms of the best damn country on earth, but at some point in the day take a moment, close your eyes, bow your head and just say thank you. Say a thank you to the many brave souls that sacrificed themselves without hesitation and say a thank you to those many Gold Star families among us that will forever miss their brave loved ones.
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