Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.                                                                         -Joseph Campbell

What does Memorial Day mean to you? For most of us, it's a long weekend.  In Ogunquit, Memorial Day is the un-official start of summer.

All the inn's, B&B's and hotels that dot the resort town of Ogunquit proudly display their no vacancy signs. Ogunquit is flooded with long weekend revelers that seek beach and merriment.

But today many of us paused to remember the true meaning of the day. The sacrifices that  servicemen & women gave.

Many  Americans have family members that have served our nation. I have a grandfather, uncle, and cousins that have all served. My paternal grandfather fought in World War II.

Sacrifices were made by my family.  My grandmother had to assist the war effort, and work at a factory that made war supplies. My father was a child during the war, and was cared for by extended family as both his parents assisted the war effort.

My grandfather stormed the beaches of Normandy and was part of D-Day. Later that summer, my grandfather was injured, and became a prisoner of war. Yes, the sacrifices were hard for the Testa family during those dark years.

Throughout America today, parades honor those who served. Here in Ogunquit Maine we had our small town parade. The high school band from neighboring Wells Maine marched in the parade along with war veterans, girl scouts, and town politicians. Wreaths were laid, taps was played and prayers were said. It's today that we honor these brave souls so we can have this Monday holiday. Let us not forget their or their families sacrifices.

As the nation celebrates,  lets pause and honor those that served. Happy Memorial day.

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