The Memorial Day weekend serves as the unofficial kick off for summer, but it is also about something much greater: Remembering those who gave all to protect our freedom.
While we certainly wish for awesome weather affording the chance for families to get out to enjoy themselves, we also hope each of us takes some time to contemplate the sacrifices made through the years by members of our military. And their families.
It's also important we think about those who are currently serving this country at posts at home and aboard, especially those in the most dangerous spots like Afghanistan. They would no doubt rather be at home, grilling a steak and watching the Detroit Tigers on television, but instead these brave men and women stand in harm's way for the greater good.
Service people of many eras have been spotlighted in this newspaper in recent weeks, from the gallant older gentlemen who traveled to Washington D.C. as part of the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight to Vietnam veteran Vic Romback who returned to that country to build homes with Habitat for Humanity to the Civil War veterans who stories were told in a recent cemetery walk sponsored by the Marquette Regional History Center.
Another poignant reminder of the day comes on Memorial Day itself, when walkers will leave the Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette at 9 a.m. in support of the Warrior Relief Fund, which aids the families of military members wounded in the line of duty.
For more information, visit www.warriorrelieffund.com.
We of course wish for sunny skies and days filled with fun for all Superiorland residents this weekend.
But we also hope for grateful hearts and prayers of thanksgiving for those who have served us and continue to serve us in the U.S. military.