By Braddah Lance
Normally Thanksgiving is a time (day) to give thanks but Memorial Day gets overlooked for da same reason.
It's a day of mixed emotions as those who have served this country sacrificed the ultimate price by giving up the most treasured essence of our being, life. Then there are those who are living, breathing and serving us today with the mindset that at any given moment, their number may be called.
Personally, I've always had a reverence for the Armed Forces, and those who serve to protect us locally, as most do it not because it's a job but their inherent calling to safeguard the very "right" we have to live freely.
Things have changed throughout the years and now Memorial Day, especially in Hawai'i, is about "everyone" memorializing those who have lost a loved one. While anyone - everyone - will respect that, the true reason for Memorial Day has begun to diminish.
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It's a hope that with everything that has happened this past weekend between bbq's, picnics, camping and just enjoying time with ohana, we give thanks for the real reason of the holiday, remembering those who've served, are serving and given up their lives to call this country the land of the free and the home of the brave .