Observing Memorial Day With Gratitude

Each Memorial Day, like many people, I look forward to the long weekend getting together with family and friends. Typically my Memorial Day weekend consists of heading up to Lake Arrowhead to relax in the sun, swim in the lake, cook, watch the Indy 500, and barbecue  to name a few. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in the planning of the festivities, that I forget what makes this a holiday in the first place. I think most of us forget actually.

Sometimes we forget that Memorial Day wasn’t declared a holiday to give us an extra day off of work or a day to unofficially kick off the summer season. Memorial Day is supposed to be about remembering and giving thanks to our fallen soldiers that have sacrificed their lives for the well-being of our country.

It’s important that we stop to recognize those who have lost their lives while serving us. Also, recognizing those who are still serving in our nation’s armed forces. There are many who aren’t home this weekend to relax with friends and family and have a good old-time. These are our soldier’s fighting for our country. If it weren’t for them, I may not be able to go to Lake Arrowhead to relax with my friends and family, or live the life that I do in freedom.

So thank you – thank you to all our fallen and active duty troops for sacrificing your lives to defend our country and here’s to celebrating you on this Memorial Day!


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About Jim Kinmartin - Business Insurance & Risk Management Broker

Jim is a California licensed Property & Casualty AND Accident & Health insurance agent working at the ISU - Olson Duncan Insurance brokerage in Torrance, CA. He grew up in Fullerton, CA and graduated from Servite High School in Anaheim and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and currently lives in Long Beach, CA. Have questions? Just ask! Or, follow Jim on Twitter at @JimKinmartin

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