Annually, in conjunction with Memorial Day, I make a plea.
This year is no different.
No, I'm not going to ask you to adopt a manatee to commemorate this special three-day weekend, and I'm not going to pester you to buy a star for the one you love.
I'm sure you folks have already jumped on both of those great opportunities.
Really, all I want to do is appeal to your honor.
Think about all the freedoms you have today. We're surrounded by amazing resources we can share with family and friends. When we look around the rest of the world and the troubles some citizens face in foreign lands, we are truly a blessed nation. Not a perfect nation, but by far and away the best nation. And I'm not apologetic for saying that either.
I also know who, in addition to God, I have to thank for the freedoms and securities we enjoy. It's the American soldier. Past and present.
So this weekend, as you go about enjoying the three-day holiday, I would ask that you consider joining me in actually honoring those who have served and passed from this earth by attending your area Memorial Day service.
I know, I know. First I'm bugging folks to dedicate an hour or two hours, from your limited surplus of 168 hours each week, to spend some time thanking God for what you've got. Now, here I am, asking for another hour or so each year, from your annual vault of 8,760, to pay respects to those who sacrificed and served, many of whom experienced first hand the horrors of war.
In Spencer, that service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, where a large group of red, white and blue clad citizenry will gather to watch as 22 new flags are dedicated to the Avenue of Flags, wreaths are hung in honor of those who marched under the flag, and young and old celebrate the lives of those who bravely honored this country with their loyal service.
I don't think it's too much to ask, and you'll still have the rest of the day to complete your Memorial Day weekend fun.
Hope you can find the time to join us. And if you can't find the time, hopefully you'll re-prioritize and make some time.
God bless all of those who have served, as well as those who continue to stand on the front lines today.