As we gather around our grills and barbecues with friends and families, I challenge each of us to take time to think about the true meaning of Memorial Day.

For me and many others, Memorial Day is much more than the last Monday in May that is a day away from work. Memorial Day is a time to think about our country and the freedom we have as people because of the many thousands of men and women who have died defending our freedom AND those today who continue to defend our freedom.

The men and women who sacrificed their lives for us deserve a moment of remembrance and those who are still with us continuing to defend us deserve thanks. So as you sit on your porches or around your table today share with each other what Memorial Day means to you and thank those you know who have served our country.