This is the time of the year that I get extremely agitated. I hear “happy Memorial Day” frequently on this most somber of days. It’s not “Have a Happy Memorial Day,” it should be “Have a thankful and humble Memorial Day.” This day is not about veterans, active-duty personnel, law enforcement, first responders, firefighters, mattress sales or car sales. This day is about those who had their lives taken so that freedom can reign superior over our country and the countries that seek it. It’s about the 18-year-old son that stood at the gate of a Higgins boat knowing his body would be cruelly riddled by bullets, fully aware that he would most certainly die. It’s about the husband and father who perished fighting for freedom, his remains lost to the jungle, his beloved life partner and loving children to hear his voice never more. It’s about 1st Lt. Sharon Lane, who died of shrapnel wounds at the 312 Evacuation Hospital at Chu Lai. So as you savor that burger, down that cold one, take a dip in the family pool, please take a moment and reflect on your freedoms and those who without reservation or hesitation allowed their lives to be taken so that you may live a life of freedom, a life of happiness and free from oppression.