Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer for many people and is often commemorated with barbeques and time by the water (pool/lake/ocean). But most importantly, it is a time to pause and give thanks for the people who made the ultimate sacrifice when serving in the U.S. military. These individuals epitomize the definition of selfless service.
I personally felt the call to serve our country in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001. It was a time where we came together as a nation, and each of us was seeking to find ways to support our friends, neighbors and fellow Americans. For me, that took the form of enlisting in the in the U.S. Army Reserves. I wanted to apply my passion for medicine and caring for others to help those who were protecting our freedoms.
Sadly, I have lost some colleagues in the line of duty, and while we can’t bring them back, we can honor their memory and thank their families for this ultimate sacrifice.
So, I invite you to join me today by pausing to appreciate U.S. military personnel — those currently serving and those we have lost — for defending our nation and the freedoms that allow us to celebrate this unofficial kickoff of summer.
Happy Memorial Day!