As we celebrate Memorial Day here in the United States, let us remember it is not about the barbecues, store sales, or day off from work. It is a day to honor the thousands of men and women who gave their lives serving this country in war and peace. Every day should reflect on the sacrifice they made while defending our freedoms and protecting our homeland, not just this one day in May.
Let us keep in our prayers the eight Marines who died this month. In Nepal, six Marines bringing relief to earthquake victims were killed in a helicopter crash: Jacob Hug, Mark Johnson, Dustin Lukasiewicz, Sara Medina, Christopher Norgren, and Eric Seaman (also killed were Tapendra Rawal and Basanta Titara, the Nepalese soldiers traveling with the U.S. Marines). And Joshua E. Barron and Matthew J. Determan, who perished after their helicopter crashed during a training exercise in Hawaii.
Have a safe weekend and a good week, everyone.