Sacrifices made lifestyle possible

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 28, 2011

Officially, Memorial Day is a federal holiday commemorating the men and women who died while in military service to the United States.

It began as decoration day in a time when people regularly visited the graves of their relatives, whether they had been in the military or not.

Unofficially, it’s the start of summer vacation season, and through the year’s it’s become more about shopping, family gatherings and a long weekend.

Combine the official and unofficial reasons we have Memorial Day, and we’ve come to think of picnics as part of our patriotic duty.

It’s difficult to imagine that those who died in defense of the American way of life wouldn’t smile to see families enjoying a long weekend together. Whatever your plans, go about your travel and activities with safety in mind. Take time to remember those whose sacrifices made set the standards for our way of life. And if you see a veteran, take time to say thanks.