Tomorrow is Memorial Day — remember?

It’s not that I won’t wear a pair of red, white and blue flip-flops tomorrow. I’ve run more than my share of Memorial Miles or Memorial Day 5Ks, trust me.

Listen, I’m all about that last Monday in May being the unofficial kickoff of summer … a “skip” day from work and school.

But the national holiday now known as Memorial Day, or Decoration Day, is a federal holiday in the United States of America for one reason and one reason only — to remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.

And so, in honor of those who gave all so we could live in the land of the free, I give you:

“Remembering Memorial Day.”

There once was a girl called PK

Who just loved Memorial Day

The picnics, parades, the cool floats in all shades,

The yard games that people would play.

And that doesn’t even begin

To cover the size of her grin

When she’d see all the deals and the plentiful meals

That were also contained there within.

Let’s face it, Memorial Day

Has certainly become more a way

Of having some fun and just soaking up sun

Than was its purpose way back in the day.

Now when the holiday comes

It’s all about 5K road runs

And huge clothing sales like discounted bridal veils

Or a closeout at Forever 21.

Another big holiday staple

Is the way we all gather at table

And gobble down sweets and plenty of smoked and grilled meats

And just stuff ourselves as much as we’re able.

Lest we forget all the travel

As so many of us will dabble

In early vacations in far-off locations

Or even just do the dog paddle.

Because parties and gatherings are cool

And so are fun dips in the pool

But this weekend is more than just eating galore

Or shopping or drinking like fools.

Tomorrow is the one day a year

We ought to reflect and revere

Every woman and man who did all in their land

And elsewhere to vanquish all fear.

And to right wrongs and help good guys win

By protecting both time and again

Freedom, rights and the like both with wit and with might

And sparing no cost in the end.

These brave heroes have paid with their lives

Leaving their parents and children and wives

Also husband and friends as they sacrificed all to defend

All the rights we don’t even realize.

But we have them because of the ones

Who, throughout time have fought hard and they’ve won

Freedom, justice and joy for every adult, girl and boy

Who enjoy every liberty under the sun.

So tomorrow as you light the grill

Or go trudging up some 5K hill

Bow your head for a sec and just show some respect

To the payers of all of your bills.

Kimerer is a Tribune Chronicle columnist whose respect and honor for those who laid down their lives in the name of freedom knows no bounds. God bless them and God bless the USA. Contact her at www.patriciakimerer.com

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