Memorial Day has been an American holiday for a very long time. Some people may be surprised to know it wasn't always know as Memorial Day. Originally, this holiday was know as Decoration Day, which started a few years after the Civil War. It wasn't until 1971 that it became an official federal holiday.
The true purpose I'm writing this is to say thank you to all those who have selflessly served in the past, present, and even those looking to enlist and serve in the future. When signing up, you are agreeing to pay the ultimate price so others may enjoy freedom. However, lets not forget their family too. Unfortunately, they too will also pay a price in the event something goes wrong.
As much as I wanted to enlist myself, I unfortunately suffered a blood clot when I was 15. From this blood clot, I accumulated a long list of health problems that would end any chance or hope I had to enlist. Because of this, I switched plans and started to look at others ways to help serve the public. Right after high school I started my path in public service and joined a local fire department as a volunteer fire fighter. Flash forward a few years later, and I became a full-time fire fighter.
With Memorial Day now begin looked at as the start of summer, please don't forget to thank those that gave us this summer to enjoy. I hope this weekend brings joy, happiness, and creates lasting memories for everyone!