How will you spend Memorial Day tomorrow? Picnics, cookouts, mall sales?
I'm sure my family and I will partake in some of the traditional celebrations of the day that many consider to be the unofficial kickoff of the summer season.
But we will also set time aside in quiet reverence. Memorial Day is for recollection, respect and honor.
It's a time for remembering those who have previously or continue to risk their very lives to protect freedom.
As for my family, we proudly fly our flag, not just on Memorial Day, but every day, as a reminder.
A reminder of the importance of loyalty to God, country, family - and the men and women who keep America safe and secure during wartime and peacetime, on holidays and ordinary days, in the mid-morning and the dead of night.
Another small way I choose to honor American military members every day is to pray for them.
As we Catholics are prone to do, I say a prayer to a special saint. No, we don't worship saints, but simply ask their assistance in having prayers heard.
One particular prayer is devoted to the unborn, for whom I say it. But I also take the liberty of saying it for our soldiers because it seems appropriate.
"Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do you, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God thrust into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls. Amen."
Evil prowling about the world for the purpose of ruin; that's what our soldiers fight every day. That's a tough job. They need our prayers.
Some soldiers I pray for by name: T.J. Richards, Jim Naughton, Joe Swistok (of Trumbull County), David Skowron, Brian McHenry and Brad Smith.
Others, I pray for by only their first names, because that's all I know, including: Robbie, Ryan, Drew, Jake, Pete and Brandon.
Still other soldiers I "know" only third hand, such as my pal Lizzie's friend and the husband of the hostess I met at the Outback - soldiers for whom I've been specifically asked to pray.
And then, there are those whom I have never met, nor will I ever meet, but think of often because of a memorial I have visited or a story I have written. They include all Ohio-born Medal of Honor winners and all Vietnam War vets, living and deceased.
Finally, I ask the Lord to watch over all members of the military (especially those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan) by saying: "Please bless all American troops everywhere and keep them safe in Your hands."
Yep, that's what I do to honor our soldiers daily. I owe them at least that.
Happy Memorial Day, everybody. Enjoy a hot dog or grab that pair of summer sandals you've been wanting. But, please, please also remember the real reason you're off tomorrow.
Kimerer is a Tribune Chronicle columnist. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.