Memorial Day means, to many, the start of summer.
Many people, it seems, use the time to remember to buy burgers. Or get charcoal. Or pick up some brews.
The rolling of Memorial Day into a three-day weekend has, like the other "Monday holidays," diluted its significance.
But, not everyone forgets what Memorial Day is about.
The families of those who fought and died -- they know what Memorial Day is all about.
The children whose father or mother won't ever come home from war -- they know what Memorial Day is all about.
The wife or husband who won't ever be able to greet her/his spouse at the airport -- they know what Memorial Day is all about.
The grieving parents of a fallen soldier, seaman, airman, or Marine -- they know what Memorial Day is all about.
Everyone who lives in this great country of ours -- they should know what Memorial Day is all about. And most do.
Go ahead and enjoy the cookout. Enjoy the friends and family you have over. Enjoy the day off work.
Just remember who helped make it possible -- and is not here to enjoy it with you.
You should enjoy Memorial Day. But you should also remember.