Memorial Day a powerful reminder of freedom’s cost

America turned the page toward summer Monday, pausing to honor the men and women who fought and died for our country while also cherishing the memories of lost loved ones.
Memorial Day has become a traditional day of transition, marking the end of another school year and the beginning of summer. It’s a welcome change of pace for many, and a breath of fresh air no matter what your age or occupation.
At its core, however, this day is intended to focus our thoughts on the heroic men and women who have worn a military uniform. The day invites us to remember the cost of making America what it is, while also reminding us to acknowledge that the price is not yet paid in full.
While enjoying the annual start-of-summer barbecue, we also pause to give humble praise to military families and the sacrifice they have paid over the years. I have several brothers-in-law who have served in the Air Force, and I can’t thank them enough for the commitment and sacrifice they have made on my behalf. It’s one thing to watch a movie like American Sniper and consider the impact on a soldier’s life, and that of his family, it’s another to know personally or be related to men and women who put themselves in harm’s way.
All of us know these good folks, some by blood and so many others through friendship or acquaintance. There is no better time to seek them out or make a phone call and tell them how much we appreciate their service and sacrifice.
Remembering lost soldiers, as well as saying a prayer and reflecting on the memories of our own lost loved ones, also makes this a very special day each year.
So thank you to all military honorees, past and present, with ties to Hamilton County.
Kurt Johnson

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