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Memorial Day Thoughts
May 26, 2017

You are getting this newsletter today because Monday is Memorial Day in America, and I totally forgot to mention anything this past week.

Shame on me, my mind seems to be aimlessly drifting at times.

I forgot Mothers Day and had to mention it late.

I totally forgot 'Victoria Day' (Canada), as well.

My 'Brother in Law' (Karen's sister's husband) passed away early Monday with the funeral yesterday (Thursday).

He was a veteran of the United States Navy.

Memorial Day came to mind.

I have always mentioned Memorial Day and the importance of the day, and I wasn't about to stop now.

So many of us get exited for the unofficial start of summer.

We have big cookouts, possibly take a camping trip or other mini vacation.

For staycationers like myself, it may be a family day, a weekend to plant gardens, invite friends or family over.

What has become minimized, or ignored is the True Reason we have Memorial Day.

Without people like my brother in law, dad, uncle, aunt, two brothers, and a nephew (still serving) we wouldn't have Memorial Day, or the long weekend.

Without the millions of brave men and women that have served and those that made the ultimate sacrifice, we may not even be here, or have freedoms we have.

That goes for all of you reading this right now.

Yes the free world.

Because of their bravery, we can have picnics, parties, celebrations and for many, a paid day off from work.

Please don't forget the reason and the people that have given and continue to give us this freedom.

When you are popping open a cold one, or taking a bite of the hot dog or hamburger, raise it and say a thank you for the many that have served and the many that continue to serve.

I'm sure you must know at least one person or kinfolk that has served or maybe sacrificed life for us.

If you are, have been, or have a family member in the military, the police or fire fighter, give yourself, or them a Big Hug and a Big Thank You from me.

Finish it with a Huge 'God Bless'.

Will you do that for me?

We will spend some time like we do every year visiting cemeteries.

Placing flowers on loved ones.

I still talk a bit to mom and dad when I visit.

Enjoying a Memorial Day Service at church.

Yes, some sort of a cookout.

That's it for now.

Thank you for giving me this moment.

God Bless.

"Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die".

Romans 5:7

Jesus willingly and lovingly died for you and me.

The ultimate sacrifice.

"And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again".

2 Corinthians 5:15

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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