This Memorial Day, which my Granny always referred to as "Decoration Day," let's not forget the true meaning of the holiday. It's purpose is to honor American Servicemen and women who gave their lives in military conflict.
As an extension of that, the non-profit, Rolling Thunder, has designated the Sunday before Memorial Day, as the day that they "Ride for Freedom." At noon, they leave the Pentagon and ride motorcyles across Memorial Bridge to the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, where they have a formal program, that includes readings, music, and speakers. This is done to pay homage to American veterans, especially those with MIA/POW status. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the first "Ride for Freedom.
If you've never seen this, it is truly amazing. Tens of thousands of motorcycles moving in unison. They are driven by the old, young, Black, White, Asian, male, female, veterans, non veterans, etc. It is one of the most sobering sights that I've ever witnessed.
While we picnic today and tomorrow, and celebrate the coming of Summer, let's also remember those that gave their lives for our country. Even if you don't support the war, please support the troops.