As some would say, the official start of summer. Cookouts, barbecues, family gatherings, graduations, weddings, etc. all started off by ...
remembering the dead.
I hope you did. Remember, that is. Take a moment and be grateful for the sacrifices made by heroes long gone. All the way back to the Revolutionary War, when regular folks took up arms and fought off a professional army, all for self-determination. And our military has been fighting for our freedoms ever since.
"It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle." -Norman Schwarzkopf
And let's not forget the women, the mothers, the daughters, wives and sisters. Heroes in war, heroes in peace.