Memorial Day is next week Monday. Many of us think of it as the gateway of summer in the US. We cook out, relax and think of the warm days to come and what our summer might look like this year. For those of us living in the North, the warm sunny days come as a reward for our long, dark and often rough winters. In truth, Memorial Day grew out of the Civil War. We could discuss the development of the day or where and how it began, but suffice it to say, Memorial Day is the day we as US citizens remember those who gave their lives for our country. It should be a solemn day. It should be a day we think about what it means to have our fellow citizens to give their lives so that we can live in freedom. Even if you are a pacifist and do not believe in war, we cannot get around the fact that people have given their lives for us. People who do not know us have died so that we might enjoy our freedoms. We might not agree with every conflict we have sent our children to fight and die in, but the fact remains that people have died and we should take notice of that fact. This Memorial Day let us note that so many have died for our freedoms. Let us not take our freedoms lightly. Let us remember all those who have given their lives for us in hopes that we might live a better life.