“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi
On this Memorial Day, we would like to take a moment to thank those who have chosen to live a life of military service so we can all appreciate the freedoms that we enjoy today of liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and freedom to express ourselves.
As we gather today at homes, parks, and social gatherings, we ask that we all take a moment to remember and express our gratitude not just to the men and women who have chosen to uphold these liberties but to their families as well.
This day pays tribute to our Fallen Veterans’ contributions to our Freedom, it should remind all who hear the phrase "Freedom for all comes with cost". These are not just words; they are a value, a belief in the way of life that puts service for others above self.
Countless individuals have chosen to apply this value through service for others despite the risk to their own lives in order to secure a future for their children / our children and future generations to come.
On this day we invite you to consider the question, “What is the measure of my resolve to give thanks for the freedoms that I have and that my family has?” Let us not take for granted the sacrifice of unsung heroes who have chosen to stand for our rights so that we can appreciate the economic and personal freedoms we enjoy.
Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
On this occasion and national holiday, let us ‘as a community’ take some time to connect with those in our lives to convey our gratitude and be inspired to take action in our own lives to serve others.
Let us use “Memorial Day to Commemorate” the examples in our lives who have sacrificed their needs for our progress and may we contemplate ways we can sacrifice our own needs in the service of others.
Thank you to those who have served and continue to serve so we can appreciate the privileges and abilities to carry your legacy forward.