What is Memorial Day, what does Memorial Day mean to you, to us as a country. This holiday dates back to 1868 and is an American holiday that is observed on the last Monday of the month of May each year. Memorial Day is a day set a side to remember the brave men and women who gave their lives serving this country in the United States Military. Originally know as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and in 1971 Memorial Day became an official federal holiday.

Memorial Day means a lot of things to a lot of people. A long weekend off of work. Cookouts or an uninterrupted weekend on the lake or river. There is certainly nothing wrong with enjoying the time off, just remember Memorial Day was paid for with real lives. The lives of sons and daughters of our great nation. I personally didn’t serve in the armed services, but I can’t explain the respect and admiration I have for those who did and do. I sit here today, in my office writing this blog for you folks to hopefully read, knowing that I can do this freely because of the brave folks who fight for this freedom, and Memorial Day is a day to remember them, celebrate their lives, sacrifice and dedication to our nation.

I feel like I work with some of the bravest and greatest men and women that my community has to offer. My department isn’t large but we can compete with any department around. Monday many of these men and women will be working at the fire station and at fire station across our country. Many of those men and women are former military and continue to serve there fellow man still, that speaks volumes about the brave men and women who serve this country and protect it.

So this Memorial Day, remember the fallen, if only for a minute. Enjoy your weekend and remember how it was earned, payed for.

Stay safe, until next time.

Captain K

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