We will be reminded many times today that Memorial Day is not about picnics, ballgames and the first day of summer.
But it really is.
Picnics, little league, trips to the beach or lake will all happen in a country where most of us are free to breathe and can persue happiness with little fear of our fellow human beings, our government or our neighbors. These heady freedoms are protected, to a large extent, by those who serve or have served in the military.
Scouts and other good people will be placing flags on the graves of the modest men who gave a measure of their lives to secure our lives and families. Ceremonies, parades and celebrations will bring their sacrifice to our memories. If the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who have gone on before us can look in on our picnics, cheer a home run or feel a bit of ocean wind on their faces perhaps they will know they succeeded in their mission.